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 Chentang; two heads taken from Sangpurr; Sangpurr send message that they won't clear the paths; bark shields
medium: articlestours
location: Chentang Sangpurr
date: 16.11.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 10.1923-11.1923
text: 16th. To Chentang, about 15 miles, going up the Tiekyung valley and over the pass between the main range and the Yakko range at right angles to it, and then down the valley of the Shetche the other side. Chentang is at war with Sangpurr and had caught and killed two Sangpurr raiders last month. One head they sent to Panso, the other head was hanging up on a "madar" tree (erythrina)" together with the hands and feet of both the raiders (Pl. 15 fig 7). This war Sangpurr was most inconvenient as I had given out generally that I meant to go to Sangpurr which had several times invited us and which we had been told was certain to be friendly. Now one of the Kuthurr Headmen who had been there to warn them of our coming was sent back with a message that we were not wanted and the path would not be cleared for us. Obviously therefore we were not likely to get coolies out of them to go on with if we did go, yet I could not accept an order to turn back, so I decided that I would halt at Chentang and take 30 rifles and visit Sangpurr returning the same day. Indeed, without going on to the Sangpurr ridge it would be impossible to get a proper idea of the geography of the neighbourhood.
text: I saw more of the bark shields in Chentang and a house partly roofed with wooden planks but the village is small and poor and with some difficulty keeps its end up against Sangpurr. It was stiff with 'panjis' in all directions. [SKETCH