The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Election of Gaonburas; question of land rent by new village; legal cases
medium: tours
person: TsikerrKozeheViseuAngami khel/ PiphimaKetsoreKosiruGokelhu/ of PiphimaNguljahen/ of Sirhima
ethnicgroup: SemasAngami
location: Dimapur Priphema (Piphima) Tsowoma (Tsuwoma) Ghaspani Lunghung (Longhong) Chasa
date: 7.10.1925
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 7.10.1925-29.10.1925
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: Tour Diary for October 1925
text: 7th October
text: To Dimapur by lorry. At Piphima a large crowd was waiting for me as there was a dispute as to who would succeed a recently deceased Gaonbura. After an election, in which it was particularly difficult to get the individual villagers to vote, Tsikerr was elected to be Gaonbura in place of Kozehe - dead. Viseu (Kozehe's daughter) is exempted revenue.
text: Another contentious question was what rent, if any, Sema and other exotic settlers in Lower Piphima were to pay for their cultivation of Piphima land. After the two sides had had a somewhat heated discussion I passed the following orders:- Each existing settler at Piphima will pay -/2/- yearly to the Angami khel for the use of land. Any new settler may be refused leave to cultivate at all, but if leave is once given, and rent accepted, he will thereafter be entitled to cultivate on payment of that rent, as long as he lives in Piphima.
text: Tsuwoma came in to complain about fields devoured by elephants. Ketsore apparently went there. He is to report. Kosiru and 3 others are said to have had their fields entirely destroyed. I gave them exemption.
text: In Civil Case 223 of '24 a decree was given against Gokelhu of Piphima. Rs.6/- was paid at the time, Rs.3/- has now been paid and made over to D.H. The J.D. is now getting Rs.11/- per month as Chaukidar in the Public Works dispensary. Assistant Engineer must be written to to cut Rs.3/- per mensem from his pay to be credited to the decree.
text: Nguljahen of Sirhima waylaid me at Ghaspani, and I gave him leave to shoot a predatory elephant.
text: At Dimapur I heard the pleader for the appellant in the Jogeshwar Barua-Phukan case and met Subdivisional Officer Mokokchung, with whom I discussed the Survey of the Longhong-Chasa area and other matters. S.D.O. returned by the midnight train to Nakachari taking with him a pair of my stockings.