The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

Typescript - J.P. Mills, Tour Diary, November to December 1936

caption: Poor harvest, crops damaged by hail; poisoned arrows; monolith; oral traditions
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: SangtamKonyak
location: Phire-Ahire (Phire-ahire) Chingo R. Thungare Chimei R. Pangsha Yacham
date: 14.11.1936
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 11.1936-12.1936
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: 14th November
text: To Phire-ahire (sq.56) - 10 miles
text: A hard march without a hundred yards of level ground. We dropped 2000 feet to the Chingo stream and then climbed 1500 to Thungare. Then we went down 1500 feet again to the Chimei, the frontier boundary and climbed 3000 feet to camp, for which an excellent site had been cleared for us. Thungare looked miserably poor and down-at-heel. Many acres of Job's tears were standing unreaped with every grain torn off by hail. Phire-ahire were most friendly. The gaonbura cheered us by showing us poisoned arrows of the type Pangsha have said they will use against us, and the tushes of a wild boar he had recently shot with one; it had only gone 20 yards before being hit.
text: Just below Phire-ahire we passed a site from which tradition has it that Sangtams long ago ousted a village "like Yacham". There is still a fallen monolith near the path and the village was probably Konyak.