The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Migration; genna posts indicative of prosperity due to panikhets at Sheyepu
medium: tours
person: Ehlimomo
ethnicgroup: Sema
location: Sakhalu Yemeshe Changsung Sheyepu
date: 25.7.1926
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 5.7.1926-4.8.1926
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 25/7/1926 To Sakhalu - wading. Yemeshe came in about the colony proposed to be sent [to] Changsung. The Semas have a new story of their arrangement with Ehlimomo and say that he agreed to receive a settlement of 30 household to live in a separate khel and keep their own gennas. If he said so I don't believe that he meant it, as he told me he would take 11 households only, on very different conditions.
text: I visited Sheyepu on the way, and was astonished at the number of genna posts erected. Nearly every house had recent genna poles in front of it. I have never seen anything like this in a Sema village before, and it indicates quite unusual prosperity for the Semas. I am told it is entirely due to panikhets, and I feel that I have not lived in vain.