The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Further details of the apotia cows dispute
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Therugunyu Silizuma (Phesinyu) Tseminyu (Themokedima)
date: 14.12.1925
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 16.11.1925-17.12.1925
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 14th December
text: To Therugunyu (Themoketsa upper) via Phesinyu ("Silizuma"). Therugunyu is a mean, miserable and filthy village. The persons of its inhabitants are even more so, but they mean well. The distance was about 15 miles, though it would have been much less had not some of the old paths been abandoned. A Themokedima G.B. complained of the two Angamis mentioned above who had brought "apotia" cattle and sold them in his village. He said the Christians were going to eat one - which they had bought, for their Christmas gathering, and ought they to be allowed to do so? I said that anyway the village was not tainted and it made no odds whether the cow was killed or not as far as that went, and that "apotia" food was very proper Christian fare and they had a right to be fed on it, to which he heartily agreed. As for the other, the man who bought it came with a howl, that he had been sold a pup. I said I would deal with the sellers, and that he had better pass his purchase on to some Christian.
text: The village said they wished to get rid of their foreign grazier, and I said he should go.