The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Mixed culture of Ya village; head-taking raids
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: ChangAo
location: Noksan (Ya) Dikhu R. Yacham Mokokchung
date: 11.12.1936
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 11.1936-12.1936
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: 11th Dec.
text: To Ya (Noksan) - 8 miles. A stiff climb up to the village. It is a big place, where Changs and trans-Dikhu Aos live together amicably with different cultures. Every year or so a desire for fresh air and exercise causes them to raid Yacham (sq.153). Yacham have before now intimated that they hope this will never be stopped, as they occasionally get a head from the raiders, who never get one at all. The father of the little slave adopted by a Mokokchung dobashi is not dead after all. He turned up here and asked with charmingly polite diffidence if I could let him have his son back. He shall, of course, have him as soon as we get to Mokokchung.