The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: new bungalow needed at Wakching; wettest place in Naga Hills; Tang bring back head and fine
medium: tours
person: Ahon
location: Wakching Tang Chi Choha (Chaoha)
date: 7.12.1926
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 12.11.1926-11.12.1926
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 7/12/1926 Halted Wakching. The buildings here get so damp in the rains that they never get dry in the cold weather. A new Inspection Bungalow - a pucca one - is badly wanted to replace the present temporary building. It is a place much used by various inspecting officers at all times of the year and a decent Inspection Bungalow could be built for Rs. 3000/- or less. The money for the dispensary and hospital buildings is already promised.
text: A rain gauge is much needed here. Wakching probably has the highest rainfall of any place in the Naga Hills where there is a competent man to measure it.
text: The Ang of Chaoha came in to have his photograph taken - he is covered with tattooes - face, chest, arms, legs and back, but he is old and the tattoo has faded and the light was bad for photography.
text: I notice ear-shells here mounted with horn centre pieces cut into a toothed circumference.
text: Tang came in with the head of offence and with the fine and with many apologies from the Ang of Tang proper who is chief also of the subsidiary village which was actually responsible for the foray. He sent a message to the effect that he had been ignorant of the intention of the young men, that his face had been blackened and he had eaten much shame, and would knock hell out of the morungs responsible. Ahon told us later that he would take much heavier fines than we did and would probably go on taking them. The Ang of Tang did not come in himself. I saw him once when he met us in 1922 on the road near Chi, but Angs do not travel far afield.