The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: An attempt to avoid debt repayment; an applicant as dak-runner
medium: tours
person: ThepfusieVisarGopulhu/ of KhonomaLhulevoPushe/ of TekhubamiKhosa
ethnicgroup: Kuki
location: Chakhabama (Sakhabama) Chezumi (Chazubama) Cheswezumi Khonoma Pulomi (Kenoma) Pfutsero (Tekhubami) Phek (Phekrokejuma) Kohima
date: 14.9.1925-15.9.1925
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 2.9.1925-15.9.1925
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 14th September
text: To Sakhabama - a double march of 24 miles - giving out some medals en route, and dealing with a case at Chazubama of a disputed house-site. Cheswezumi Gaonburas met me with salaamis but their spokesman of yesterday was prevented from appearing, so that of course, none of them knew what had been said nor could understand how any misunderstanding had arisen, though they had all told Thepfusie, who met me here, that they were going to divide the land between them. I disillusioned them. They offered no reply. Apropos of craftiness, Visar told me of Gopulhu, a Khonoma man still living, who owed Rs.100/- to Lhulevo. On what he and his sons thought was his death-bed they came to him and said "Do you owe anyone anything?" He said "I owe nothing. I paid Lhulevo that Rs.100/- I owed him." He did not die, however, and Lhulevo came to hear of the statement and came very indignant to ask how Gopulhu could say that he had repaid him his Rs.100/-. "Don't you remember" said Gopulhu, "when we were out in the jungle near Kenoma together I caught a land-crab and gave it to you saying 'here is the loan I owe you'?" Had he died, of course, his sons would have been able to take oath to their father's repayment of the debt with a clear conscience, knowing no more than what Gopulhu had told them. Gopulhu has since turned a Christian, which the self-respecting persons in Khonoma do not do.
text: Pushe of Tekhubami applied for the post of dak runner to Phekrokejuma which he says is vacant. He says that S.A.S. Khosa told him to see me about it, but Khosa has nothing to do with Phekrokejuma at present. As Pushe was a dak runner for the rebellious Kukis, carrying the fiery cross in the form of symbolic messages, he would no doubt fill the job, but I want a report first as to whether a dak runner is wanted there or not, and if the present ones are satisfactory.
text: 15th September
text: To Kohima.