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 Phekrokejima: dispensary, carvings, houses, graves, livestock
medium: diaries
person: Hutton/ J.H.Khosa/ of KhonomaNikrihu
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Losami (Lozemi) Phek (Phekrokejima) Kohima
date: 10.10.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Tues. Oct. 10
text: Left LOZEMI at 8.45 a.m. & rode to PHEKROKEJIMA (7-7.5ms. 55m from Kohima). Very fine, sunny morning. Beautiful scenery of mingled jungle, panikhets & jhum-fields. Arrived at the inspection- bungalow at 10.20 a.m. Hutton & I visited the Dispensary which was in charge of Khosa (an Angami of Khonoma) the sub-assistant surgeon, who spoke English fairly well. I then went with Nikrihu & the gaonbura to the Angami village & looked around it. There are few carved houses, but the gaonbura's, at the top of the village, is carved with mithan heads & is elaborately painted in black, white & dull-red. Drank zu with the gaonbura & looked round his house, which is fairly large & divided by a transverse partition into two compartments. I photo'd the house & also some others from an observation platform. Saw several graves outside the village with large wooden effigies of the deceased. The gaonbura gave me a bullet-bow & bullets. I then walked round the outskirts of the village & photo'd graves with effigies.
text: Later, I went again round the village with Khosa, the Angami dispenser, & saw a number of mithan & their calves, under the verandahs & in the open spaces. Friendly beasts, unlike the water-buffalo, which dislikes Europeans & emphasizes the fact. There were some platform-graves studded with numbers of small roughly-carved pegs, about 2 feet high, stuck