The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: to Pedi; landslip; Nakama given permission to start new village; cattle damage to road
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Kuki
location: Pedi Nakama Lemhema
date: 7.9.1928
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 3.9.1928-24.9.1928
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 7 September
text: To Pedi, leaving the road at the big slip and going through the jungle to see the line of the proposed diversion, feasible I think, but costly, still no doubt better than the eternal slipping of the present alignment.
text: Nakama came in for leave to start a new village. I have told them that they can as long as there is no trouble between the colonists and the original village, and that if it proves necessary to give the new colony independant existence on account of disagreement with the parent village, it will be dealt with on the Kuki plan - treble revenue for under 10 houses, double from 10 to 19, and that I will give no Gaonbura's cloth or exemption for under 30 houses.
text: The road a mere slough on account of the Chaukidar's cattle. I have told him that I shall appoint a new Chaukidar. He has been warned for at least three years running, and takes no notice at all. I promised Chama 6 months absolution from the provision of any supplies, and for as many days cooly exemption as the village themselves actually observed genna. As a matter of fact it will probably amount to about a week. They had the face to ask for six months exemption from coolie work on account of genna, but had to admit that they did not intend to stop cultivation for that period.
text: Lemhema complain that the elephants have eaten their fields. I think this village complained before. The elephants usually eat their crops.