The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Khonoma - conflict of education and evangelization; path upkeep
medium: tours
person: Merhema khel/ Khonoma
location: Khonoma
date: 7.5.1929
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 6.5.1929-27.5.1929
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 7 May.
text: Halted and counted Khonoma which took me all day, and was most unpleasant in the sharp showers that kept coming over. I noticed a number of boys and young men playing a game which I think is 'tipcat' but which is stated to be indigenous.
text: There is trouble about the school. The owner of the site at present occupied by the school has announced his intention of building his house there, and as sites in Khonoma are very valuable he must be allowed to do so. It is the village's business to provide a site for the school and I have told them that if they do not do so I have no objection to the school's being closed. They have, however, but cannot agree on a site. The question is complicated by the schoolmaster having turned Christian, and the non-Christian complain of evangelization and moral pressure put on their children under cover of secular teaching. The schoolmaster of course, denies it, but if it is believed that he is proselytising, that is as bad as if he really does so, as far as the peace of the village and the progress of the school is concerned.
text: The path that Merhema undertook to keep open through what used to be Khonoma fort and is now part of their khel can hardly be said to have been maintained. There is it is true no obstacle at one end and at the other there is a passage between the house and the wall but not wide enough for a dooly as was stipulated, and in between there is a midden. No one made a fuss so I said nothing, but had a complaint been lodged I should have had to take some action.