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 Kudeh; wooden signs on pathway; carvings of hornbills suspended in morungs
medium: articlestours
person: Wongtho/ of Ngampungchi
location: Kudeh Santok (Sontak) Chongtore Matong Ridge Ngampungchi
date: 9.11.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 10.1923-11.1923
text: 9th. To Kudeh, about 9 or 10 miles, but exceedingly steep going. First dropping down to the Chimongchi steam, then up a very steep slope to the top of the Matong ridge down again to the Chenyak stream and up to Kudeh - 6,712 - probably down 3,000 ft. and up 4,000 in the day's march. At Kudeh it really felt like the cold weather at last and was very cold after dark. The village is small and utterly without discipline or any sense of co-ordination, and the inhabitants very reluctant to do any work for us, and no one really able to get himself obeyed at all.
text: Men of Chongtore and Sontak carried our loads and came on exceedingly well. It is said to be the first time that Sontak men have ever carried loads for anyone but themselves. They have the reputation of being a very stiff-necked village.
text: At the top of the pass over the Matong ridge the villagers of Chongtore and Kudeh had combined to clear the path and had put up wooden signs. Chongtore had merely a row of sliced sticks representing the number of men who had helped in the work, but Kudeh had carved theirs into hornbills' heads (very rough) and figures of men. In a morung at Kudeh I noticed wooden hornbills hanging up by strings and was reminded at once of the wooden hornbill hung up in a durbar building by Borneo tribes at a function described by Hose and McDougall. [Pagan Tribes of Borneo, II- p 298 pl. 206.]
text: Men of Ngampungchi came in with a salaami pig, and villagers of Kuthurr, sent to find out the news. The Ngampungchi gaonbura Wongtho got his medal for going to France.