The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Plans for the continuation of the path to the Burmese border; looting by Thachumi and Thachunasami; Kuki language
medium: tours
location: Laruri (Karami) Sampurre (Thachumi) Thachunasami Purr (Photsimi) Lapvomi Yisisu (Phozanasami) Maulvailup Valley
date: 12.2.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 25.1.1923-22.2.1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 12th
text: To Karami. Here I found the Sub-Overseer and gave orders for a trace to be cut along the river to the mouth of Shiloi. Burma I hear have completed their road as far as the Stream in the Maulvailup valley, so we ought to meet next year if not this. The trace will be cut by Karami as part of their revenue, but I expect an additional grant for the construction of this path will ultimately be required. There will probably be a good deal of blasting necessary. I also selected a site for a temporary Inspection Bungalow. Thachumi are giving trouble again. I am very tired of them. Thachunasami have sent a message to say that they wouldn't dream of restoring looted cattle and will retaliate on Karami and Photsimi if I do anything to them. Meanwhile Thachumi proper have been to Karami and looted two large pigs. The trouble is that Thachumi are so poor that it is impossible to get any compensation. They have acquired the habit of living on the domestic animals of their weaker neighbours. I fear the guard may have to stay at Primi till the rains swell the river. Kuki is still a useful language, round here. Half the men in Phowakungri can speak a little and there are people who know it in Lapvomi, Phozanasami, and Karami.