The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Illicit sale of gunpowder; Yungya dispute
medium: tours
location: Tamlu Totok Yungya Tangsa Kamahu Dikhu R. Yacham
date: 4.4.1923-5.4.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 23.3.1923-1.5.1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 4th
text: To Tamlu where I met the Sub Divisional Officer. I learnt from him that a man of Totok was fined by someone or other for buying powder in the plains. This was over a month ago. The Sub Divisional Officer wrote to the Sub Divisional Officer, Sibsagar saying that this Totok man had been fined Rs. 20/- either judicially or by the Police or by someone for buying powder from the old Kotaki at Santok, and asking for particulars, as he wanted to be certain that the man who sold the powder was adequately punished and his license cancelled if he had one. The Sub Divisional Officer, Sibsagar apparently knew nothing about it but replied that he would enquire - and there the matter rests. It is well-known of course, that the licensees of guns in the plains sell powder to Transfrontier Nagas (and probably to administered ones as well) who otherwise could not get any.
text: The three friendly khels of Yungya came in to find out our intentions. They said that they had tried to induce the two hostile clans to give up the men but had failed. They gave us a good deal of information which may be true or entirely false and I told them that I would not undertake to save their khels from any punishment that might fall on the other two, but would see what they did for us when the time came. Tangsa and Kamahu chiefs also came in.
text: 5th
text: In the morning we saw smoke signals or something of the sort, going up from Yungya who could probably see the flashing of the sun on our bayonets etc. and knew that we were leaving Tamlu. We camped at the Dikhu. The river was very dirty, but we managed to catch a couple of mahseer. Some of the Yacham gaonburas came in and another deputation from Kamahu.