The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Return of captured slaves
medium: tours
person: Pangting/ of Saochu
location: Chentang Saochu Pangsha Tuensang Ponyo
date: 7.12.1936
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 11.1936-12.1936
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: 7th December
text: To Chentang - 7 miles. On arrival we found our slaves waiting for us. Having got in touch with the refugees from Saochu, I found today that several people reported to be dead are alive. The young widow's parents had joined her here. Pangting was with his son, and the youth had heard that his wife was alive. The change in their demeanour since I last saw them can be imagined. The only cloud was that the young widow's mother said that the little girl whom Pangsha had sold into Burma and whom I have been trying to get back was another of her daughters, and begged me to rescue her. All I could say was that I would do my utmost. The family parties were then sent off on their way home. Two hours later the little girl from Burma was brought into camp safe and sound from another direction! I will return her to her parents when I am at Tuensang. I was glad that Ponyo, though in Burma, kept their promise to me to get her back from whatever village still further in had bought her.
text: Pangting, who is the man paid to watch the slavery situation in the area North of where we have been operating, came in to see me and take charge of his son. He reported that he had heard of no cases. It would seem that the next visit by a column should be to the area south of where we have been operating rather than to the Northern area.