The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

letter from J.H. Hutton to Henry Balfour

caption: in Shillong; difficulties in sending objects; Tangkhul headdress; Hutton's temporary post as Chief Secretary, then to the Plains
medium: letters
person: Balfour/ HenryLambertBor
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 21.4.1935
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: J.P. Mills Box (not numbered)
text: Shillong
text: Easter day 1935
text: Dear Balfour,
text: There has been a delay at getting off those things I sent at the beginning of this month as the forwarding agent sent it off by rail, but never sent me the R/R. However, I expect Grindlays will be able to ship them early next month. I told them to collect the freight at your end. I hope that is all right and you will think the chalan worth it. It consists mostly of the Tangkhul helmet and gorget in coix, a red seed like a big [] of abrus without a black end to it. SKETCH (not on disc)
text: I am here for six months only, as the permanent Chief Secretary is coming back in October and they have done me down over it by arranging to send me to the plains when I revert, as they have promised Mills Kohima and the Lushai Hills to McCall, and I am for a plains district on the ground that it is time I had plains experience - no doubt I shall find it very useful in retirement. As it is I see no escape, barring accidents, from going to a plains district in October. I shall apply for leave in the spring, but as I shall have been out only two years I may not get it, unless I take it definitely as preparatory to retirement, when I think they can't refuse it, but to which I am a little chary of irrevocably committing myself. However, it may come to that.
text: I will have another shot at those ear shells. A new P.O. has gone to Sadiya. But anyhow Lambert should be able to get them for you all right next cold weather, as he is going to tour with survey parties in the Konyak-Rangpang unadministered. I enclose a photograph of a Yimtsung xylophone. It is played by rolling and bumping a big stone at each end of the hollowed trunk. Bor's photograph - not mine.
text: J.H. Hutton