The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Description of the march to Kudeh
medium: tours
person: Wongtho/ of Ngampungchi
location: Kudeh Chimongchi R. Matong Ridge Santok (Sontak) Chenyak stream
date: 9.11.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 1.11.1923-30.11.1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 9th
text: To Kudeh, about 9 or 10 miles, but exceedingly steep going. First dropping down to the Chimongchi then up a very steep slope to the top of the Matong ridge down again to the Chenyak stream and up to Kudeh - 6712 - probably down 3000 feet and up 4000 in the day's march. At Kudeh it really felt like the cold weather at last and was very cold after dark. The village is small and 'litra' and very reluctant to do any work for us, and no-one really able to 'chalao' them.
text: Chongtore and Sontak carried our loads and came on exceedingly well. It is said to be the first time that Sontak have ever carried loads for anyone but themselves. They have the reputation of being a very stiff-necked village.
text: At the top of the pass over the Matong ridge Chongtore and Kudeh had combined to clear the path and had put up wooden signs. Chongtore had merely a row of sliced sticks representing the number of men who had helped in the work, but Kudeh had carved theirs into horn-bills's heads (very rough) and figures of men.
text: Ngampungchi came in with a salami pig, and Kothurur sent to find out the news. The Ngampungchi gaonbura Wongthe got his medal for going to France.
text: By climbing up a tree at the edge of Kudeh the signaller could see Tichipami, but though he kept calling up the station there all the afternoon, we got no answer.