The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Price of rice and coolie labour at Tamlu; road slips said to be caused by spirits
medium: tours
keywords: bridgesferries
person: Ahon
location: Wakching Dikhu R. Ngup-Shang hill Ngupshang Falls Tamlu
date: 17.6.1925
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 29.5.1925-29.6.1925
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 17th
text: To Wakching. The Yungya Gaonbura, who had palmed off a hospital ticket on Mongnyu as a summons, having come in overnight, I fined him a laya for taking my name in vain.
text: The bridge over the Dikhu had been repaired so that I could get across, but it is to be feared that it will go again in July or August. It will if the river rises, as it is not above high flood level. I am not sure but if we can get a bridge lower down for pack ponies, we might substitute a rope ferry boat for the bridge here. As for the awful slips in the 11th mile, they will possibly settle sometime. Ahon says that the top of the cliff under Ngup-Shang hill, from which the slip keeps coming, is a level spot and the abode of a spirit who has for the time being gone down the ravine to the valley to see about some affairs or other and that as he isn't there to look after it, the cliff is slipping after him and will go on doing so until he comes back, but that even if he doesn't the cliff will settle down after a time. The slips are just before the Ngupshang Falls, the finest fall I have seen anywhere in Assam. I put the height at 300 feet but it is impossible to make certain where the top is as the jungle obscures it.
text: At Tamlu I noticed that in the autumn of 1924 S.D.O. raised the price of rice to 2 annas per seer "till the end of December". No orders have since been passed and 2 annas are still being paid. Definite orders should be passed as otherwise some cantankerous individual will find out from the Inspection Bungalow book that the order was not intended to continue into 1925, and will refuse to pay.
text: I paid one of the Yungya Gaonburas Rs. 2/8/- as the price of 20 coolies who carried loads to Tangsa in April 1923. He says the men of his khel have begun to importune him since I omitted to pay at the time.