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 by British Administration
caption: An unusual accident while cutting up a pig; refusal to surrender an accused murderer
medium: tours
person: Hovokhu/ of Phesami
ethnicgroup: Sangtam
location: Rishetsu Honronre Purorr (Purrorr) Rururr Anahatore Sanchore Phelungre (Phelungrr) Lakomi
date: 22.11.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 1.11.1923-30.11.1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 22nd
text: To Rishetsu, 6800 feet, about 10 miles, where we camped on an old village site on the ridge after a severe climb. Water scanty and distant. On the way we passed through Honronre, (4200) where they gave us a pig. I told them to cut this up and distributed it to the assembled headmen, a large and heterogeneous company. A man of Phesami took hold of the pig's head for Hovokhu, his chief, to cut it off, and insisted on Hovokhu borrowing his dao as being a better one than Hovokhu's. As the blow descended the blade flew out of the haft and chopped off its owner's 3 bigger toes on one foot, absolutely clean. Our doctor sewed them on again.
text: At Rishetsu Purrorr, Rururr, Anahatore, Sanchore ("Chashomi") and Phelungrr came in with small presents, and the chief man of "Lakomi" or Sirichu turned up likewise. I burned this village a year or two ago for the murder of a British subject by his son whom we never got hold of. I refused his salaami, and said that unless his son was produced and surrendered I would burn it again at the first convenient season. He promised to bring his son into Kohima, but probably won't. Anyway his village is conveniently near the district boundary and is very insignificant. A dobashi and a Constable could go and do it almost, if it were urgent enough.
text: Still above 7000 (7111) and a bitterly cold night. In our camp were the posts of one of the houses of the village that stood there - three enormous trees cut flat and with a mortice at the top for the roof tree, I have not seen anything like them extant in the Sangtam villages here, which are all dirty, insignificant and hovelish.