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: Sakhaboma erect a monument to commemorate Butler, his brother writes the village name on slate, and Butler plants two fir trees in ceremony; reference to law case against some Nagas
medium: tours
person: PenguleZuheHicholeZerile/ of JotsomaLelhur/ of KegwemahZuvakhre
location: Sijo R. Chakhabama (Sakhaboma)
date: 11.3.1872
person: Butler/ John
date: 22.11.1870-17.2.1873
note: inaccurate spelling in the original text
text: 11th March, Monday. This has been a great holiday. First of all we went down to the Sijo accompanied by all the young men of Sakhaboma and after having bathed we picked out several big slabs which were then carried up the hill and my brother having carved out the name Sakhapoma on the centre slab (a bit of hand slate) in large capitals, we went through the ceremony of erecting this primitive monument, and after planting two fir trees on either side of it, drank hot grog all round to the future prosperity of Sakhapoma. Each chief making a regular [] as he took the liquor. I was rather amused at their insisting upon my fixing the centre slab in position as well as upon my planting out the fir trees with my own hands. [17] Having yesterday received a copy of the proceedings of the Agent Governor-General North East Frontier in the case of Queen versus Pengule, Zuhe and Hichole, I have to-day sent off Zerile of Jotsoma and Lelhur of Kigwemah to Chadumah with an offer of pardon to Zuvakhre on the condition that he will come in at once and give his evidence in the case above alluded to.