The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Recovery of Mr Hutton's rifle; depopulation of Sitikima due to disease
medium: tours
person: Upper Vihotsuma khel/ Mozema
location: Zubza Dimapur Sitikima Nichuguard R.S. (Nichuguard)
date: 7.12.1922-8.12.1922
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 1.12.1922-23.12.1922
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 7th
text: The rifle turned up this morning having been brought back to Zubza after I had left by two liars of Mozema who swore that they had found the gun case in the middle of the road two miles below Kohima. The son of the Gaonbura of the Upper Vihotsuma khel told them to take it to Zubza. Apparently they did not ask for a reward. My dobashis, servants, gariwallas are all prepared to swear that the gun case was in the cart at 10.0pm at Zubza as my kitmatgar suggested to my dobashi that it would be a sound thing if he took it on to Ghaspani one night in case he met a dragon on the road, or was pursued by a unicorn. The case had been opened and gone through and the 3 cartridges were missing - possibly they had hoped it was a shot gun with a lot of cartridges which could be cut up for muzzle loaders.
text: To Dimapur, leaving my camp at Nichuguard. At Dimapur I dealt with a few papers and petitions and saw the Sub Inspector about a case he ought to be taking more trouble over.
text: Apparently the Forests are still letting people take wood outside their jurisdiction. I hope to see the Forest Officer on the 18th.
text: 8th
text: Back to Nichuguard and thence to Sitikima, about 17 miles in all. Sitikima a dwindling village, unable to recover from the loss of population by epidemics such as influenza. The situation a good one with great views both east and west. Rain off and on and one of the finest sunsets I have ever seen. Renewed a few gun licenses.