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: Second Tour
caption: to Chare - mostly Sangtam with one Ao khel; head-taking
medium: articlestours
person: Pawsey/ C.R.
ethnicgroup: SangtamAo
location: Chare
date: 5.11.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 10.1923-11.1923
text: Nov. 5th - To Chare about 9 miles, where the gaonburas of Alisopo, Chatongre, Thungare and Chongliemdi came in also, all very friendly. Mr. Mills being unable to walk, I left him in Mokokchung, Mr. C. R. Pawsey going with me.
text: Chare is a Sangtam village with an Ao khel in it the Aos putting their dead on machans (while Sangtams bury) and otherwise keeping up Ao customs. It is a long time since there was any head-taking here, but I noticed a row of old gourds representing heads on the outer wall of an Ao house, one of which had a cranium attached and two others lower jaws ; these were probably taken from Litim many years ago. Sangtams put their heads in the morung.