The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - J.H. Hutton, Diaries of Two Tours in the Unadministered Area East of the Naga Hills', 1926

caption: first tour
caption: to Tamlu to meet Mills; Yungya - Kamahu dispute
medium: articlestours
person: Kohoto
location: Tamlu Yungya Kamahu Tangsa Namsang
date: 4.4.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 4.1923-27.4.1923
text: April 4th. - Up to Tamlu, where I met Mills. On the way I was entirely defeated by a Tamlu Naga who hailed me in Assamese with " Where did your eyes - die-die ?" [Or rather, perhaps, "Where did you eye-die die?" Kon phale chunka marichhe marichhe.] The Sema interpreter, however, Kohoto, who was carrying my gun grasped the meaning at once though he said he had never heard the expression, before, and replied tittering in the man's own idiom "Our eyes died-died (or "we eye died") at Luchaipani." Then I realised that he had only been asking where we had slept. The Tamlu people insisted that it was correct Assamese.
text: The three friendly clans of Yungya sent in their headmen to see us here. The village of Yungya is divided into five clans, of which two are hostile to Kamahu and friendly to the neighbouring village of Tangsa, the other three being friendly to Kamahu and ill-disposed towards Tangsa. The former had been responsible for the raid. The Tangsa and Kamahu chiefs also came in, while the Namsang chiefs were there to answer the charge of having received Kamahu meat, viz. part of a hand and a bit of flesh from the head, from their old allies in iniquity.