The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: to Lalongmi via Jampi; village guns; dealing with lepers; mithan damage to crops; village dance at Lalongmi
medium: tours
person: Haolam/ of Jampi
ethnicgroup: Phom
location: Jampi Lalangmi (Lalongmi) Bungjalet Insung Kohima Imphal (Manipur) Wakching
date: 25.5.1926
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 14.5.1926-9.6.1926
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 25/5/1926 Via Jampi to Lalongmi, both small villages. Jampi want a village gun and Bungjalet who has one wants to change it. I told them I was not prepared to oblige both ways at present. I promised Insung one as they have not one at all at present. I found a leper one Haolam in Jampi, and ordered him to be sent to Kohima after the harvest, meanwhile to live in his field house. Also one in Lalongmi, recently having come there from Manipur. I gave him a month to go back whence he came or to go in to Kohima and told the Gaonbura to burn his house at the end of the month. This way he would have to go if he hadn't done so. The village were anxious to be rid of him and there is no reason why they should be compelled to act as hosts of lepers from elsewhere if they don't want to.
text: I had many complaints about the damage done to crops by mithan and gave orders that if the mithan owners failed to build a proper mithan fence, any mithan found in the crop might be killed by the owner of the crops. The mithan owners were very angry but had nothing to say to it. In most villages here they do build fences.
text: In the evening the village came and danced. Some of it was rather clever work, and very intricate as Naga dances go. In a number of ways they reminded me very much of the Nagas of Wakching and the neighbourhood, and of the Phoms to the south of that.