The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - J.H. Hutton tour diaries in the Naga Hills

caption: "Tin" method of assessment; decline of Sachema explained by interference with clan graves when building a fort; mysterious deaths in Semoma clan, Khonoma
medium: tours
person: Semoma clan/ KhonomaForbes/ Lt.
location: Sachema Khonoma
date: 12.8.1920
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 10.8.1920-13.8.1920
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 12th
text: To Sachema which I assessed - for the third time this year, as there has been some mistake on each previous occasion. This in one case was due to tins having been taken out (and houses added to the assessment by the issuing clerk) for houses already assessed by the Deputy Commissioner. I am not sure that the "tin" system is not more trouble than it is worth and that it would not pay better to make definite five-yearly assessments for the whole village and make no alterations between one assessment and the next either in the case of increases or decreases.
text: [Note: Why not abandon the tin business and have five yearly assessments by an ... and in the intervening years trust to the G.B.'s return, only checking ... cases at odd times? At the same time each village should be visited at least once in 3 years.]
text: The Sachema G.B.'s put down the decline to mere insignificance in the numbers of what was the biggest clan in the village and the clan graves having been interfered with by the building of Sachema fort and prophecied that nothing could now prevent a similar decline in the Semoma clan of Khonoma and told me of a number of mysterious deaths in that clan recently. Lt. Forbes' grave was clean and in good order.