The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: railway built from bricks of old Kachari city; description of Shemkhor people; ancient monument by Mahu River
medium: tours
location: Maibong Semkhor (Shemkhor) Haflong Mahu R.
date: 6.9.1922-7.9.1922
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 24.8.1922-14.9.1922
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 6th Sept
text: To Maibong when I met the Subdivisional Officer, North Cachar Hills and arranged with him to get the Shemkhor people in. It was found that they had gone to Haflong, being served a summon to meet me at Guilong by a Mikir, who could not make himself understood apparently, and took the party to Haflong.
text: I went out with the Sub-divisional Officer to see if any traces of the Kachari city were extant, but apparently the railway used up all the old materials in constructing their works here. The Railway Rest House plinth is built of Kachari bricks with carved stones as door-steps.
text: 7th Sept
text: Halted Maibong. The Shemkhor people turned up and the case was eventually disposed of. These Shemkhorias are curious people. They claim to be Kacharis, but the Kacharis seem to regard them as Nagas and the Nagas as Kachari. To me they looked exactly like Garos. They are extraordinarily prognathous, very like a type of Garo familiar both in Mymensingh and in the Garo villages at Dimapur. I went and visited the stone house by the Mahu river. I am under the impression that it is a protected monument: if not it ought to be; but there is obviously no attempt at keeping it clear of jungle or protecting it from people who cut their names, and of many inscriptions only one is left and that is hardly decipherable. Probably, if there is any grant for its upkeep, it would be better to make the Sub-divisional Officer, as Civil Works Officer, responsible rather than the Public Works Department.