The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Head-hunting and funerary customs at Chare
medium: tours
person: Mills/ MrPawsey/ Mr
ethnicgroup: SangtamAo
location: Chare Litim
date: 5.11.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 1.11.1923-30.11.1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 5th
text: To Chare, about 9 miles, where the gaonburas Alisopo, Chatangre, Thungare and Chongliemdi came in also, all very friendly.
text: Chare is a Sangtam village with an Ao khel in it, the Aos putting their dead on machans (while the Sangtams bury) and otherwise keeping up Ao customs. It is a long time since there was any head-taking here, but I noticed a row of old laos representing heads on the outer wall of an Ao house, one of which had a cranium attached and others lower jaws; these were probably taken from Litim many years ago. Sangtams put their heads in the morung. Mr. Mills being unable to walk I left him in Mokokchung, Mr. Pawsey going with me.