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: gift of pigs at Honronre; man injured by dao blade; refusal to accept 'salaam' from chief of Sirichu because of murder of a British subject by his son
medium: articlestours
person: Hovokhu/ of Phesami
ethnicgroup: Sangtam
location: Rishetsu Honronre Phesami
date: 22.11.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 10.1923-11.1923
text: 22nd. - To Rishetsu, a Sangtam village 6800 feet, about 10 miles, where we camped on an old village site on the ridge after a severe climb. Water scanty and distant. On the way we passed through Honronre, (4,200 feet) where they gave us a pig. I told them to cut this up and distribute it to the assembled headmen, a large and heterogeneous company. A man of Phesami took hold of the pig's head for Hovokhu, his chief, to cut off and insisted on Hovokhu borrowing his dao as being a better one than Hovokhu's. As the blow descended the blade flew out of the haft and chopped off its owner's three bigger toes of one foot, absolutely clean. Our doctor sewed them on again.
text: At Rishetsu the villagers of Purrorr, Rururr, Anahatore, Sanchore (" Chashomi ") and Phelungrr came in with small presents, and the chief man of " Lakomi" or Sirichu turned up likewise. [SKETCH
text: Still above 7,000 (7,111) and a bitterly cold night. In our camp were the posts of one house of the village that had stood there - three enormous trees cut flat and with a mortice at the top for the roof-tree. I have not seen anything like them extant in the Sangtam villages here, which are all dirty, insignificant and hovelish. [SKETCH