The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - 'Diary of a Tour in the Naga Hills, 1922-1923' by Henry Balfour

caption: Visit to Piphima: graves, houses, hunting trophies, food, weapons, pastimes
medium: diaries
person: Hutton/ J.H.Nikrihu/ of Jotsoma
ethnicgroup: AngamiSema
location: Priphema (Piphima)
date: 12.9.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Tues. Sept. 12th.
text: We rode 9 miles to PIPHIMA. Fine, sunny & very hot. The Inspection-bungalow had suffered badly from a hurricane, one side being nearly stove in. It served its purpose however. Many Red-vented Bulbuls in the compound. Butterflies very abundant, especially a small yellow one with dark m==gius which clustered in large groups. After lunch I went with Nikrihu to visit 2 native villages; one a village of mixed Angamis, Semas & Nepalese, close to the bungalow; the other, pure Angami, an older village on the top of a steep hill. On the way there we passed many old & new stone platform-graves, mostly rectangular. Two of the graves were of women recently dead & were decorated with their carrying-baskets, gourds etc., & in one case with a