The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Visit to Yacham after clearing the path of defences against the visitors
medium: tours
location: Yacham
date: 17.11.1921
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 3.11.1921-5.12.1921
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 17th
text: To YACHAM. The road was panjied against us all the way with fresh panjis put in that morning or the day before all across the path. We expected an ambush and the four KAMAHU Nagas who helped to clear away the panjis were very cautious and kept their shields up all the time they were not using them to flatten panjis. The jungle was very thick in places along the sides of the path and we had to put out flankers through and altogether we crossed the 7 miles or so in 9 hours, to find that YACHAM had either never meant to make a stand or had thought better of it. They have received a message through TANGSA that we did not want to harm them and that they had better stay in their village, but they preferred to send their women and children across the Dikhu inside the district, where they well knew they would be safe, and to desert the village after sowing the place with panjis.
text: The purliens of YACHAM were hung with disgusting relics of their recent repulse of the CHANG raid - heads, feet and other limbs skewered through with panjis and hung on trees, and fresh scalps hung in the morungs.