The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - J.H. Hutton's tour diary in the Naga Hills

caption: Effects of Burmese invasion; death of son of Chief of Lotsu blamed on failure to use deo bish (fish poison); villagers destroy cloth and weapons; appointment of gaonburas; Moilang apply for school
medium: tours
person: Hakuwo/ of MorakchoYanchoo/ of LungkungPendroo/ of LotsuAtungo/ of Lotsu
ethnicgroup: Lhota
location: Lotzu (Lotsu) Moilang Koroghat Ramakati
date: 7.4.1921-8.4.1921
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 3.4.1921-16.4.1921
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 7th and 8th
text: Halted Koroghat. Disposed of half a dozen cases; and visited the place called Ramakati or Man Yonchopfe where the Burmese had an iron smelting foundry during their invasion. The villagers told me that the Burmese visited all the Lhota villages on the outer range, coming in a mob, staying till they had eaten all things edible in the villages and leaving after destroying what remained or defiling it a la prusse, the villagers meanwhile having taken to the jungle.
text: Lotsu came up with the inevitable request to be allowed to use deo bish. They explained that the son of the village Puti (priest) had been washed away and drowned, and the whole party with him had had to throw away their cloths, weapons etc. even to the dogs that they had had with them that day, and the misfortune was put down to the river deity having been annoyed at failure to perform the former poisonings with deo bish. I refused to allow it. Yamho-Yantha asked for a copy of the parwana saying that they need not supply coolies on requisitions other than those coming from my Office or Sub-divisional Office.
text: Hakuwo appointed Gaonbura of Morakcho with effect from November 1st, 1920. Yanchoo appointed Gaonbura of Lungkung with effect from April 1st, 1921. In Lotsu Pendroo (O.M.[old man]) is exempted revenue; Atungo is exempted for 1921-22, and one tin is returned, a revenue paying house having been deserted owing to its owner's death. Moilang applied for a school. They want I think to learn Assamese in preference to anything, but would have to start on Lhota anyway. Probably I could get a suitable Pandit from Mokokchung, if none is available in Kohima.