The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Burning the homes of the hostile Yungya khels
medium: tours
location: Yungya
date: 8.4.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 23.3.1923-1.5.1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 8th
text: To Yungya, where we camped in a very narrow awkward space. water is short and there simply is not a decent camping ground within reach of it. The hostile khels were absolutely cleared out. There was not a chicken even left and the houses were in many cases dismantled leaving only the framework. The whole place was crawling with myriads of hungry fleas, the only living inhabitants, many of which we carried off with us and the rest were probably destroyed by our burning the houses. Firewood, thatch, even lumps of clay for making pots, were all removed and we found a good deal of much comparatively worthless stuff in the jungle near the village, but nothing of any value. Even the great wood drums had been dragged off somewhere: and the punishment we were able to inflict by burning what was left was very small indeed.
text: In the evening it began to rain.