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 Yesami: houses, sacrifices, graves
medium: diaries
person: Hutton/ J.H.Mills/ J.P.
ethnicgroup: SemaAngamiSangtamYachumi
location: Baimho Aichisagami (Aichi-Sagami) Yezami (Yesami) Patkoi Range Tizu R. (Tuzu R.) Dikhu R. (Dikkhu R.) Brahmaputra R. Japvo Mt. (Japro Mt.) Nankam Mt.
date: 26.10.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Thurs. Oct. 26
text: We left Baimho in the morning. Hutton walked and Mills & I rode part & walked the rest of the way to Aichi-Sagami (c. 11 miles). The track was down hill to a stream which we crossed by a bridge of poles covered with cane-matting, very springy. We rode up to Yesami village (Sema) & Mills & I were invited to visit the village. We went through it & were treated to madhu. A small village with nothing remarkable. We rode on again to Sagami having been met by the gaonbura & the village buffoon - a man of wit & considerable acting power. In the afternoon Mills & I went over the various separate sections of the village, which straggles a long way, & drank madhu in 3 or 4 houses. The houses are widely-spaced & here & there almost form streets. They vary in type. Most have the roof projecting far over the front, forming a verandah which is sometimes fenced round with a three-post fence. Some have both front & back apsoidal, others only the back apsoidal. Walls mainly of bamboo lattice & matwork of various kinds; thatched roofs. Two rooms, the front one smaller than the back room, a lattice partition between them. Poor carvings on the houses, or none. (