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 Kosanasami then Kukishe; furniture in house of hew chief, Nivi; his father's grave and other graves; hand arrow for boys; woman wearing conch shell in Angami fashion
medium: articlestours
person: Nikhui/ of KukisheNivi/ of Kukishe
location: Kosonasami (Kosanasami) Khukishe (Kukishe)
date: 25.11.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 10.1923-11.1923
text: 25th. The Yezashimi coolies failed to turn out properly, so to cause them to 'eat shame' and to hurry up I picked up a joppa that had a headstrap of its own and started up to the village saying that I should claim a mithun as pay if I were not relieved before I reached it. I refused relief till all loads were taken up, and then handed it over to the last coolie just outside the village. It had the effect of hurrying them up all right.
text: I heard on the way up to the top, of Yimtsung throwing-sticks, [It is, as a matter of fact, the line that is thrown, not the stick, which acts as a sort of rod with which to cast a weighted line to operate as a bolas. and then as a bludgeon to batter the lassoed antagonist.] attached by a line and so recovered after being thrown, and used in village riots. Also that a Sema's hair turns grey if he enters a porcupine's hole.
text: We halted at Kosanasami alias Khetoi, alias Nikelho, at the top of the ridge and I called in on the chief to drink hot zu after my climb. They had some heads, taken from Chimi in the atsukoghothobo, and this village also was fenced like Shothumi (Pl. 15, fig. 6), but more elaborately, with an inner fence of sharpened " ekra " inside the outer one of trees and stakes. I saw no 'panjis'. From Kosanasami we went down to Kukishe. Nikhui, the old chief, died about a month ago, and his son Nivi who is no less of a blackguard, reigns in his stead. Went to his house, which contains some fine furniture of his own making - a chest to contain ornaments and valuables cut out of one piece of wood about 9 feet long and 3 feet broad and deep, and with handles to pull it by left projecting from one end in the same piece. He had also a chair with six legs and a back to it, all cut from a single piece of wood, and he had cut a hole in the seat to make it more comfortable. [SKETCH
text: The other graves in Kukishe were also unlike the usual Sema grave, and were built rectangular, with woven bamboo sides, and a flat top made of unsplit sections of bamboo. In Nivi's house I picked up another form of hand-arrow, used by boys who have not yet learnt to use a spear. It was of bamboo, smoke-hardened and with a tuft of chicken feathers at the butt. I also noticed a woman wearing a conch shell at the back of the neck in the style followed by the Angami males.
text: We camped in the Tuzu valley, below Yemeshe and at the point where the path from Kukishe divides to go to Kiyakhu southwards and Yemeshe northwards, a very pleasant spot and a good camping ground.