The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Look-out's alarm drum at Saochu; fear of photography; error in map
medium: tours
location: Saochu Shakchi Yungphong (Yangphang) Tuensang Logong Yali Agching (Aghching) Monching
date: 24.11.1926
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 12.11.1926-11.12.1926
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 24/11/1926 Halted Saochu. They had over the gate a high look-out post on a machan with a small bamboo "drum" for giving the alarm in case of a raid, on hearing which no doubt the big "drum" would be beaten. These were plain and uncarved in Saochu.
text: Shakchi came in and said they had sent a deputation to call in Yangphang, with whom they are not at war, on the advice, or order, of a man of Tuensang. No one asked this Tuensang stiff to interfere and I put him in irons in the quarter guard until we got news that the Shakchi deputation (it consisted of six women) had returned safely. I warned him that if he revenged himself directly or indirectly on Shakchi for reporting what they had done and so getting him into trouble. I would see that he went to jail whatever might or might not happen to the rest of his khel, or village. Logong is only about 30 houses, Yali carried our loads.
text: It is not possible to photograph the women of this village as they run away if the attempt is made, and are said to suppose that the photographer catches their souls and takes them away in his camera.
text: The new map here is in error in giving Aghching as the alternative for Saochu. As a matter of fact it is the real name for the village called "Ngobe" on the map. The fault is mine, for the survey had it right originally, and I corrected it when in proof, being misinformed by the dobashis, who had never been there themselves. Monching is also absent from the map; probably it has been built since the survey was made.