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: Primi: bamboo clappers, daos, houses, carvings, sacrifices, morungs, clothes, ornaments, tattoos; visit to fort
medium: diaries
person: Hutton/ J.H.
ethnicgroup: SangtamAngami
location: Primi Meluri (Melomi) Sampurre (Thetchumi) Saramati Mt. Mol Len Mt. (Mollen Mt.) Rhinoceros Horn Mt.
date: 13.10.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Fri. Oct. 13
text: Started at 8.40 a.m. to walk to PRIMI (c. 11 miles). The first part was mainly downhill through jhum & jungle, down to a small stream. Then several miles uphill. We arrived at the rest-house (of straw & poles, as at Melomi) at 12-10. We had halted for 10 minutes at the stream, to consume some sorghum-beer, which was quite pleasant & refreshing. The day was blazing hot & I sweated prodigiously. From PRIMI (which is a SOUTHERN SANGTAM village) there is a good distant view of the large village of THETCHUMI, to the N.E. 1/2 E., and of SARAMATI (12,622 ft. high) to the E., MOLLEN to S., and the "RHINOCEROS HORN" Mt. to the N. I saw no panikhets between Melomi & Primi, only jhum-fields, in which numbers of split bamboo clappers swung from long bamboo poles, & wooden strikers knocking against them in the wind caused a loud noise, scaring birds etc. away. These bamboo clappers are split differently from the ordinary Naga clapper & have not been recorded before. (
text: The MELOMI coolies mostly had dao-carriers with a facing of bone plaques
text: At dark I visited the small stockaded fort which guards the district. There are 20-25 rifles. The fort contains a dispensary with a Kohima Angami dispenser. The huts inside are of bamboo- work. Well-placed in a commanding position. Small black flies very troublesome during the day & a few mosquitoes at night. There was a great flight of large winged ants during the evening. My heel still suppurating badly but no worse.