The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Exceptional linguists at Primi
medium: tours
person: Tserechu/ of PrimiLukinchu/ of Primi
location: Primi
date: 6.3.1922
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 1.3.1922-23.3.1922
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 6th
text: To Primi. The road good. The Primi fort and the Inspection Bungalow both pleasantly situated but water very short. The dobashi belonging to the guard does both dobashi and Chaukidar. He is a Karami man and ought really to be either a whole time dobashi or the Chaukidar at Karami. He does not get on too well with the Primi Gaonburas and when the Guard goes, Tserechu of Primi had better be made Chaukidar. He speaks Assamese. Meanwhile Lukinchu, the dobashi, is due 3 or 4 months of his Chaukidari pay and also a red cloth. The people here seem exceptional linguists, many of them seem to have a smattering of Assamese, Angami, Kuki and Manipuri to say nothing of Naked Rengma, Sangtam and the Stonehouse languages, and probably some of them can speak Sema.