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 Ghukiya; good millet harvest; application for school; inter-village hostility; transfrontier fugitives
medium: tours
person: Nivi/ of KukisheNitoi/ of NikiyaSakhalu
ethnicgroup: Semas
location: Ghukiya Tizu valley Kohima Mokokchung Zungki R. Sampurre (Thachumi) Kiphire
date: 27.7.1926
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 5.7.1926-4.8.1926
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 27/7/1926 To Ghukiya - a horde of litigants awaiting, but all things compensated for by a really fine day at last. The millet harvest here is over. It has been a good one, though the crop is not nearly so important here as in the Tizu Valley, and a considerable number of people, perhaps the majority, have not grown any.
text: Ghukiya applies for a school and the Gaonbura wants his son made schoolmaster. He is an ex-technical school boy having gone there from the Mission School. He says he is a Christian but of the Christianity of Kohima which drinks and not the persuasion of those at Mokokchung who are prohibitionists. Whether he knows enough to be able to teach, I do not know.
text: In the evening Kiphire came in to say that two men of Sakhalu's new village across the Zungki and outside the control area had been chopped by Thachumi. There had been many complaints from Thachumi about thefts from their fields, and I dare say they deserved it, but the Semas were all itching to raid Thachumi. I definately forbade Nivi of Kukishe to do so, but Nitoi of Nikiya has had a man wounded - possibly in mistake for one of Sakhalu's people, and I said he had better bring the man in and see me about it.
text: Kiphire also raised a case which clearly owes its origin to the reprehensible practice of some dobashis of inviting transfrontier men to come and accept their hospitality and their particular protection, when the guests go home they immediately start to make capital out of their protection by jhut mut cases and eating fines "in the name of" their recent entertainers. I will pass orders in Kohima to check this evil.