The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

printed - tour diary of the Deputy Commissioner of the Naga Hills for the year 1870-1872 (John Butler) volume two

caption: to Sakhaboma which was founded with permission from Butler in 1869, now flourishing
medium: tours
person: Thevoma clan/ SakhabomaThekronama clan/ SakhabomaSamuma clan/ Sakhaboma
location: Chakhabama (Sakhaboma) Chedema Dzulu R. (Zullo R.) Sijo R.
date: 10.3.18721869
person: Butler/ John
date: 22.11.1870-17.2.1873
note: inaccurate spelling in the original text
text: 10th March, Sunday. Moved camp into Sakhaboma - distance about 6 miles or perhaps a little more for the road was so good and we were all in such capital health and spirits, I think I may very probably have underestimated the distance. Here we received an extra hearty welcome for Sakhaboma, I must explain, has done me the honour to consider I am its founder. The fact being that shortly after assuming charge of the Naga Hills in April 1869, I received a deputation of some twenty (or 30) Nagas of Chedema who came to ask my permission to settle on a spot between the Zullo and the Sijo, a permission which it is perhaps almost needless to add, I granted, and the result has been the formation of a very flourishing little village which although it has been in existence for only 3 years, already contains 107 houses divided into the following clans:-
text: The villagers all came in to me in a body this evening and presenting me with a pig, fowls, eggs, rice, etc. begged I would halt here tomorrow as they wished to erect a stone (the Nagas substitute for a statue) in order as they put it, that "although the Apu Sahab may leave us some day his name will 'live for ever and be remembered by our children's children". So I have complied with their wishes and have consented to halt here tomorrow.