The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Illicit tree felling by Nepalis and Assamese
medium: tours
location: Nazira Lushaipani Namsang
date: 11.11.1921
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 3.11.1921-5.12.1921
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 11th
text: Arrived Nazira 6.0 am (local). Marched to Lushaipani and camped there. Close to the camp I found a Nepali and an Assamese cutting timber trees a mile inside the Naga Hill boundary. They said they were working for a tikkadar employed by a bania to cut timber for him. It appears that Namsang has made a number of complaints lately about people coming and cutting wood on their land saying that now there is to be an independent king in Assam and that the Nagas cannot prevent their cutting where they please by his orders. What I do not quite understand is how they are able to carry away timber through the reserved forest by the Tamlu-Geliki path without the Forests interfering. Namsang say that most of the big trees at the foot of the their hills have been cut and carried.