The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chobama - Mesolozumi land dispute; Tangkhul traders from Burma going to Kohima to buy iron; stone grave statues at Thetsumi; wooden vats
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Tangkhul
location: Thetsomi (Thetsumi) Chobama Mesolezumi (Mesolozumi) Pensat (Pansat) Thetsomi (Thecholumi)
date: 24.2.1935
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 21.2.1935-26.3.1935
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 24th. To Thetsumi. (Thecholumi). - About twelve miles - the path going up and down and very deviously in heavy jungle on the ridge above the bridle path. It drizzled most of the way. Before leaving the bridle path I heard part of a long and complicated land dispute between Chobama and Mesolozumi and sketched the land in dispute. On the way I met three Tangkhuls from Pansat in Burmese Somra going in to Kohima to buy iron; they more often go to Imphal than Kohima, I think. I have never heard of their coming so far west before.
text: Outside Thetsumi a carved sandstone grave statue, just like the wooden ones but armless. I have not seen them in carved stone before but Thetsumi asserted that they always made them like that. I find big wooden vats - pipa are always made here with a hole through the bottom. If not they split, the hole is filled up with a wooden plug. A dugout long vat was spoken of in Assamese as 'nau'.
text: A cold and wet camp at over 6000 ft., on the site levelled by Thecholumi a few years ago because a girl prophesied that a black king would build his palace there.