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 Kohima gaol; cultivation around Kohima; Kuki music
medium: diaries
person: Hutton/ J.H.Nikrihu/ of JotsomaMeiklejohnWright/ Mrs
ethnicgroup: KukiAngami
location: Kohima Dimapur
date: 17.9.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Sun. Sept. 17
text: Visited Kohima gaol with Hutton. It is surrounded with a 12-foot palisade of spiked bamboos; internal equipment simple but fairly effective. A number of Naga & Kuki prisoners (2 in irons) & one or two Indians. Later I had a walk with Nikrihu down the road toward Dimapur for 2-3 miles, to look at the terraced fields (panikhets) & the jhumed fields of Job's tears (Coix lacryma), the latter, Kessite in Angami, are used as an ingredient in zu making in hot weather, to keep the zu cool [according to Nikrihu]; also used for feeding pigs. Saw flocks of small green parrots with long tail-feathers. Meiklejohn (of Assam Forestry Deptmt.) came to tea at the bungalow, & Mrs. Wright called. After tea some Kukis were brought to the bungalow to play upon the native mouth-organ (gushem in Kuki). (