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: Crops and bridges en route to Kohima; arrival at and initial exploration of Kohima
medium: diaries
person: Hutton/ J.H.Shakespear/ ColMaharaja of ManipurHutton/ MrsThomas/ MrThomas/ MrsMullan/ Mr
location: Kohima Zubza River Imphal (Manipur)
date: 14.9.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Thurs. Sept. 14th
text: In the morning we rode the last stage (10.5 miles) to KOHIMA, through fine jungle scenery with clearings for panikhet & jhum fields, for rice & Jobs-tear's (coix lacryma) the principal crops grown. We crossed the Zubza & several other streams by bridges which were mostly in a very tumble-down state, owing to land- slips. At Kohima we rode straight to Hutton's bungalow, situated in a garden high above the road, with the small Club & tennis court at the back on higher ground. I was put up in a large empty bungalow (belonging to Col. Shakespear, who was home on leave) , which I had entirely to myself. Very roomy, with a large verandah, or stoep, & with lovely views over jungled hills & valleys, especially to the S. towards Manipur. About 150 yards from the Huttons. After lunch I had a stroll to the native Bazaar, past the "Manipur Stone" (a carved & inscribed upright stone slab with horizontal base slab having incut "footprints" of the Maharaja of Manipur; which marks the old boundary of Manipur State). After tea I went with the Huttons to the Club & met some of the local Europeans etc. A thunderstorm came on & everything was enveloped in cloud, but it cleared off at night. Mr. & Mrs. Thomas & Mr. Mullan (late of Manipur) came to dinner & we had a jovial evening. Hutton's bungalow is crammed with Naga & other curios & is very nicely appointed. Cool night after a hot day. Mosquitoes abundant.