The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: To Wakching; update on the hostilities involving two Yungya khels
medium: tours
location: Wakching Yungya Kamahu Tangsa Yacham Wanching
date: 23.4.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 23.3.1923-1.5.1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 23rd
text: To Wakching. Here we heard various stories of what happened to the two khels of Yungya. By a great stroke of good fortune the four or five persons whose paddy stores we discovered and destroyed were prominent in the Kamahu affair. Apparently the plan was to cut up all the Kamahu party, largely women and including children, which had gone to the plain to buy salt and were due back the day following the evening on which the raid actually took place. For this purpose a large number of Yungya bucks were assembled in the jungle, the whole plan being originated by one of the Tangsa objectionables. The pitch was queered by the four Yungya men who went down to the river the evening before the coup and alarmed Kamahu by taking the head on our bank. The two houses which were built below the "friendly" Tangsabang Morung in Yungya and filled with rice by one of the recalcitrant khels, who hoped to save it from us thereby (and succeeded in that much), were looted by the three khels before the two could retrieve it. No-one, of course, would know who did it, when asked. Yacham assisted the two khels to rebuild their Morungs. Probably I shall eat a fine off Yacham for that. Wanching probably gave them some sort of help, but it is difficult to find out exactly what, beyond the fact that they took steps to prevent any Yungya refugees who might cross their land being done in by Wakching.