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: Pucchimi: dress, ornamentation, graves, houses, salt spring and salt making
medium: diaries
person: Hutton/ J.H.Nikrihu
ethnicgroup: SangtamKalyo-Kengyu
location: Laruri (Kerami) Phozami Purr (Pucchimi)
date: 17.10.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Tuesday Oct. 17
text: There was considerable delay in collecting the coolies for the loads; so I started off at 8.25 a.m. ahead of Hutton, and went via the notched log ladder through Kerami village on the return march to Phozami. I walked, with Nikrihu, for about 11 miles without stopping, most of the way up hill, through alternations of open old-jhum land, jungle and pine-woods. Small palms (?Phoenix) were growing among the pines. I reached the first col at about 11, &, after descending for some distance, mounted again to the second col, where a Naga path leads off to Pucchimi village. At this point I sat & waited for Hutton & the rest of the safari. They were not long in coming & after tiffin we left the main track & followed the side track to Pucchimi. This Sangtam village resembles in general the others in the neighbourhood. Only about 60 houses rather widely spaced. The population is large for the number of houses. The men wear small lengtas. Some were wearing tigers' teeth pendants to their bead necklets - or imitation tigers' teeth. A few men had a tattoo-mark