The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Cattle trespass dispute at Berrima
medium: tours
location: Lakema Birema (Berrima)
date: 7.10.1921
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 21.9.1921-12.10.1921
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 7th
text: To Lakema. Started in rain, but it cleared up and I was able to spend an hour by the road at Berrima unravelling an abstruse point of custom which the Gaonburas perversely refused to know anything about for fear their man should lose the case. There was also a cattle trespass dispute. It is the custom of Berrima that the owners of mithan build all fences, and that thereafter no claim for damage to crops lies against them. I have, however, warned them that if there are any more disputes I shall issue orders on the usual lines, making the owners of fields responsible for fences and the owners of mithan for damage to any but unfenced fields and shall compel owners to keep cow-herds.