The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Aftermath of hostilities; importance of warrior-leaders; social status of slaves
medium: tours
person: Sangting/ of Pangsha
ethnicgroup: Chang
location: Chingmei Noklak Ponyo (Himbu) Kejok (Kejuk)
date: 28.11.1936
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 11.1936-12.1936
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: 28th November
text: To Chingmei. Thin though the rice-beer of Noklak is, it had loosened the tongues of the Himbu men during the night, and we heard this morning that Sangting (see my diary for the 25th) and the men who planned the raid on Kejuk were killed yesterday. I thought some notables would be killed in the charge, for Naga war-leaders really do lead, and do not follow the regimental tactics of the Duke of Plaza Toro. The loss of a noted warrior is a greater blow to a Naga village than the death of a dozen of the smaller fry. There is said to be a Chang slave in Himbu and efforts are being made to get in touch with him. We has been there some years and may by now be a happy and respected citizen. If that be so there is no reason why he should not stay here.
text: Noklak, having learnt manners and made peace with Chingmei, had cleared the path for us, and we had a much easier journey. But we were tired, and the last very steep hill, with the sun on our backs, seemed in some ways the worse of the tour. When we arrived at the top the sun clouded over and a biting wind froze us for the rest of the day.