The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Settling a land dispute between Lozaphehoma and Jessami; two unusual birds seen
medium: tours
person: Dennehy/ MrMcCall/ Mr
location: Kharasom Tusom Khunou (Tushom) Laniye R. (Lania R.) Lozaphohemi (Lozaphehoma) Jessami Mao Thetsomi (Thecholumi)
date: 21.4.1928
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 17.4.1928-9.5.1928
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 21 April
text: I pushed my Germans off to Kharasom en route for Somra and the Chindwin - no servant, no interpreter knowing not even Hindustani, but very persistent. Optimists; but apparently quite decent people. They will get through, I expect, but will probably leave some of their stuff by the way. They have not much and I sent a man with them to tell Kharasom to treat them kindly and pass the word along to Tushom and so forth.
text: I myself went down to the Lesami-Jessami bridge over the Lania about 12 miles to settle a troublesome case. When I got to my camping place I found the disputed water channel was said to be two miles on and I thought I would get it done that afternoon. I went on over one of the worst routes I have ever had to follow for a circuitous five miles getting angrier and angrier wading up ravines and sliding over rocks, dealt with the case - a dispute between Lozaphehoma and Jessami in Manipur on which Messrs Dennehy and McCall passed orders at Mao, necessarily not having seen the place, orders which half a dozen dobashis had been sent in vain to carry out. The orders were wrong, and had to be amended, which was very difficult as an oath on the lives of a whole village had been taken already. Then back to camp by a better road - about 4 miles - getting in at dusk. I must have covered well over 20 miles altogether.
text: On the way down from Thecholumi I put up Chinese Francolin, bamboo partridge and painted Snipe. The panikhets probably hold the real bird in November.