The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

letter from J.H. Hutton to Henry Balfour

caption: in England; Woodthorpe's sketches; Mills' manuscript on the Aos
medium: letters
person: Balfour/ HenryWoodthorpeSmithMills
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 10.10.1924
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: J.P. Mills Box (not numbered)
text: Old Hall, Radnorshire
text: 10/10/1924
text: Dear Balfour,
text: Many thanks for the cheque which came today. I am glad you liked the sketches. I sent the Tangkhul on to Mills after all as I thought he didn't come off fairly as the dead Rengma isn't to my mind an attractive sketch, though very clear, and the Konyak woman was B or B-. I kept a couple of landscapes one of somewhere in Burma and the other on the north bank - probably Darrang, and a Kuki man and a sketch of a couple of babus.
text: The birds that mew behind the house here are buzzards, there are at least four of them. I will look out for kites.
text: I saw some brass work from Nigeria in a friends house near Hereford the other day - castings with the usual sort of string mould edges but I can't imagine their use. They were shown to me as toe rings - antique - for the big toe, but if worn on it must have distorted it as much as a Tangkhul's ring does his ringed member. Also they had inexplicable bosses. I have tried to sketch them roughly. When you have time for it do send me a postcard just to say what they really are.
text: The house is upside down again - drawing room and kitchen range both out of commission - but we may get straight some day and ought ultimately to be comfortable.
text: Mills MS. on the Aos has arrived, a portentous collection. I am trying to get the Folklore council to let me alter my paper from one on "astronomical beliefs" to an account of the Chang-Yachumi tour with slides. Do back the alteration if you can. Milne is rather fussed about it and is much against it, I think, but it would be a much better show. Also Smith (Los Angeles - ex-Impur Mission) has sent me a collection of Ao tales for Folk-Lore. I told him I thought that they would probably publish them. I hope they will.
text: I expect I'll be in Oxford sometime during term.
text: J.H. Hutton