The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Coolie payment dispute; permission to kill destructive elephant; site dispute over new village, at Samaguting
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Lhota
location: Nichuguard R.S. (Nichuguard) Samaguting Kukhidolan (Kukhidolan)
date: 20.12.1922
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 1.12.1922-23.12.1922
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 20th
text: By car to Nichuguard and on almost to the bridge, where I got down and climbed up to Samaguting, which I recounted, after which I returned to Nichuguard and renewed a few gun licenses and took one or two complaints.
text: Samaguting complain of underpayment by the Surveys. They have been called on to supply coolies and to carry rice to a camp on the Khova river, which is a double march from the village, and have only been paid -/8/-; some were paid -/12/- and later -/4/- was recovered. This in any case was wrong as they had to sleep away from their village and should under the orders issued have got at least -/10/-. As a matter of fact these orders were intended to cover the case of coolies used for work and carrying from camp to camp and not that of coolies bringing supplies from a distance who should get additional payment as usual for a double stage. A stage is reckoned as 14 miles (maximum) an any distance beyond that should be paid for as two stages. In any case it was rather tactless to recover -/4/- already paid to some coolies.
text: I gave Samaguting leave to kill one large Makna (SEE) elephant within one month from December 20th, as it was damaging their fields and field houses. They are ordered to report to the Head Constable at Nichuguard before cutting up the body in order that he might identify the animal.
text: The Samaguting people complained of a new village being made by Kukhidolan, a colony of Lhotas in the Cart road. I pointed out that the site these people had moved to had not been cultivated for at least two generations and was also claimed by Mezifema. I said that I should turn them out if they crossed either of the two streams running one each side of the tila they were going to occupy.