The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Bazar at Ukha; dealing with chiefs of Jakphang
medium: tours
location: Ukha Yangnyu R. (Yangmun R.) Hukpong (Hukpang) Pongu Yungphong (Yungphang) Jakphang Choha (Chaoha)
date: 27.11.1926
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 12.11.1926-11.12.1926
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 27/11/1926 Halted. Ukha, across the river, arranged to hold a bazar with Hukpang, Pongu, Yungphang etc. on this side under our aegis and a number of villages who could normally never venture to have visited one another turned up in force in the river bed and bartered daos for salt etc. The Ukha women even came down and the river bed was filled with a most picturesque concourse of hostile people in their best clothes trafficking in a perfectly friendly way, probably the first meeting of its kind ever held at all in this neighbourhood.
text: Jakphang turned up, two of the chiefs quite friendly though very nervous, but the third, who had been taking the name of the Government in vain and who had killed the nephew of the chief of Chaoha (treacherously) on the grounds that his uncle had helped us, fled when we appeared and was only induced to return, trembling with fear, by the threat to treat the whole village as hostile if he did not. Having got him back to the bank of the river on his side, he refused to cross it, Chaoha came across and told him what they thought of him. After they had gone, I let him go, warning him against any tomfoolery and telling him that I intended to fine him for having dragged the name of the Sarkar quite unnecessarily into his private feuds. He was obviously a most unpleasant person.