The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: The war between Chentang and Sangpurr, and its effects on Mr Hutton's itinerary
medium: tours
location: Chentang Tiekyung R. Sangpurr Yakko range Shetche R. Panso (Aoshed)
date: 16.11.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 1.11.1923-30.11.1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 16th
text: To Chentang, about 5 miles, going up the Tiekyung valley and over the pass between the main range and the Yakko range at right angles to it and then down the valley of the Shetche the other side. Chentang is at war with Sangpurr and had caught and killed two Sangpurr raiders last month. One head they sent to Aoshed, the other head was hanging up in the village on a madar tree together with the hands and feet of both raiders. This war with Sangpurr was most inconvenient, as I had given out generally that I meant to go to Sangpurr, which had several times invited us and which we had been told was certain to be friendly. Now one of the Kuthur headmen who had been there to warn them of our coming was sent back with a message that we were not wanted and the path would not be cleared for us. Obviously therefore we were not likely to get coolies out of them to go on with if we did do so, yet I could not accept an order to turn back, so I decided that I would halt at Chentang and take 30 rifles and visit Sangpurr returning the same day. Indeed, without going on to the Sangpurr ridge it would be impossible to get a proper idea of the geography of the neighbourhood.
text: I saw more of the bark shields in Chentang, and a house partly roofed with wooden planks, but the village is small and poor and with some difficulty keeps its end up against Sangpurr. It was stiff with panjis in all directions.