The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Inter-village hostilities; concern over hostile attitudes of villages; attitude to slavery
medium: tours
person: Yakko khel/ Sangpurr
location: Chentang Sangpurr Kuthurr Pangsha Panso Chingmei Noko (Nokhu)
date: 19.11.1936
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 11.1936-12.1936
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: 19th November
text: To Chentang (sq.59) - 5 miles. The first really easy march we have had. On the way we were shewn the spot where a Chentang man was recently ambushed and killed by the Yakko khel of Sangpurr (sq.35). For this deed Kuthurr made Sangpurr pay them a mithan for "dirtying their path."
text: Chentang hold their own with difficulty. Most people are living in miserable huts, for the Yakko khel of Sangpurr burnt almost the whole village in the spring, losing one head themselves in the process. So many people have been killed going for water, that Chentang lead it right into the village by a bamboo conduit. Our camp was about a mile beyond the village on a grass-covered hill side typical of this area. Pangsha sent me a final message to say they would not give up the four slaves they hold; that we were a lot of women; and that they were ready for us when we came. Panso (sq.1936) however, came in and made friends. This improves the situation, for they are a truculent and warlike lot, and are within raiding distance of our base at Chingmei. Sangpurr also came in. Their attitude had been decidedly doubtful, and we can now feel happier about our flank. They promised to try and get Nokhu to come to Chingmei. I said that if they did I would guarantee their safety while with us even if they refused to accept our view of slave raiding and had to be dealt with later.