The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: to Nimi; slate roofs; skulls; woman with wooden ear plugs; basketwork tiger used to cure sickness
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: TangkhulSangtam
location: Longphurr (Nimi) Phelungre
date: 9.3.1935
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 21.2.1935-26.3.1935
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 9th. To Nimi. The bridge over the river, very rickety, much delayed our start. Nimi a small village of slate roofed houses. One Chimi head on a pole, - and a few old ones kept over a door as by Tangkhuls and Sangtams or Kalyokengyu (?) of Phelungre - about 9 miles. A hail storm in the evening while we were getting camped in followed by a heavy fall of rain. In the village I noticed a woman with wooden ear plugs which measured 3 inches in diameter; also tigers made of basket work and bamboo spathes which are thrown away outside the village, to cure sickness, after a ceremony of some kind probably intended to transfer the disease to the tiger, unless indeed the tiger itself scares away the spirit causing the disease. In either case one is reminded of the Nicobars.
text: The village was defended by a triple cheveux de frise of laced panjis.