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 Tangsa; arrested two men for involvement in Kamahu raid; Yacham leader brings word from Yungya
medium: articlestours
person: Shopen/ of Tangsa
location: Tangsa Kamahu Yacham Sowa (Shua) Wakhu Yangnyu R. (Yangmun R.)
date: 6.4.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 4.1923-27.4.1923
text: April 6th. - To Tangsa. Here elaborate preparations had been made for us, a camp being cleared and water and wood stacked ready for us, which we ungraciously acknowledged by arresting two of the leading villagers and one other who had been concerned likewise in the raid on Kamahu. However, the village in general seemed rather pleased than otherwise, and we gathered that the gentlemen were far from popular.
text: The Yacham leader came in again to see what we were up to, and also two of the chief men of a village called Shua or Wakhu, east of the Yangmun, who had heard of our projected tour in that direction. I fancy their purpose was to see if they could induce us to attack a neighbouring village with whom they were unfriendly.
text: The Yacham leader brought word from the hostile clans of Yungya that their jungle was full of "panji"-pits and " panjis" [The message really did come from the hostile clans, but the part about the "panjis" they had ready for us appears to have been untrue and merely an attempt to intimidate. We met with very few "panjis" on the whole.] and that we might burn the village if we pleased, as they had left nothing in it, but that they would attack us if we came to look for them in the jungle. We also learnt here that it was arranged that the hostile clans should bring part of their women and children across to Tangsa as soon as we had left and the Yacham men had in fact brought food for them to eat while in Tangsa. -
text: In the evening we went up to the village and selected a site on the Yungya side for a picket to stay behind in Tangsa and join us in Yungya on the eighth. We also interrogated our prisoners, Shopen and his son (Plate 4, fig. 4 ; and 5, figs. 1 and 3