The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Hinduized village of Dhansiripar; promise of a school if Kachari schoolmaster can be found; pet elephant
medium: tours
person: Maibiram/ of DhansiriparKishoiram/ of Dhansiripar
location: Dhansiripar
date: 7.1.1921
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 3.1.1921-31.1.1921
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 7th
text: Disposed of two Criminal cases and discussed the question of Naga Labour with Deputy Conservator of Forests and his Extra Assistant Conservator of Forests. Then left for Dhansiripar - Maibiram's village. I walked down the line for 8 miles exactly to the 402nd mile post and then 4 miles through the forest to the river and found a pleasant village on the banks of the Dhansiri surrounded by heavy jungle. The only thing against it is that it is prohibitionist and totally dry. I asked for a drink but was told that the whole village had turned Hindu and under the advice of its Brahman in Kachar had eschewed drink. Otherwise these Kacharis were very decent people and more than one in three has some sort of Sarkari Naukari to his credit. There were 7 ex-sepoys, three ex-Constables, and some others who had lost their discharge certificates. There are five opium eaters and 30 houses in all in the village. Maibiram, the rich man of the village, is an ex-sepoy who served in the Manipur Expedition and was for a time a Mauzadar in Nowgong. He has a tame elephant which roams the jungle and comes periodically to be fed, and is caught and ridden occasionally. The Gaonbura is one Kishoiram. I promised the village a School if it could catch a genuine Kachari School-master. The Census seems being done alright, one of the villagers is Enumerator and his work is being done correctly.