The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Gaidar festival at Dimapur; customs concerning the morungs at Hokai; wood-piles
medium: tours
person: Mills/ MrCalvert/ MrLengjang/ of Henima
ethnicgroup: AhirsKuki <ThadoNzemi
location: Dimapur Haflong Hokai Henima
date: 13.10.1928-15.10.1928
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 13.10.1928-27.10.1928
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: J.H. Hutton, Tour Diary, October 1928
text: 13 October
text: To Dimapur, where I interviewed some Ahirs who gave me an account of their gaidar festival, leaving by the 7.0 p.m. train.
text: 14 October
text: To Haflong, arriving at about 2.0 p.m. and meeting Messrs Mills and Calvert. Disposed of some pending inter district cases.
text: 15 October
text: To Hokai - about 7 miles. The morungs of the Nzemi village noticeable for the vast piles of firewood outside them, heaped up for the use of the morung. Lengjang remarked that in his youth there were similar piles outside the morungs of Taningmai (Henima) in the Naga Hills, and that he and other Thado boys used to carry wood to augment them and were rewarded with liberal feeds of meat and modhu, but the custom has since become obsolete. The Nzemi, apparently, buried the heads taken from their enemies under the sleeping benches at the side of the morung.