The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

letters from J.P. Mills to Henry Balfour

caption: Types of dao; cire perdu casting; Kacha Naga dancing
medium: letters
person: Balfour/ HenryHutton/ J.H.
ethnicgroup: Kacha NagaKabuiKuki
location: Laruri (Kerami)
date: 4.3.1924
person: Mills/ J.P.
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Mills Ms.
text: Kohima,
text: Naga Hills.
text: Camp Henima.
text: March 4th 1924
text: Dear Balfour,
text: ...A word about daos. Don't make up the case of old daos yet as I will send along a Kacha Naga dao of a curious type. It is obviously almost the same as the long-tanged Kabui dancing dao, of which Hutton has probably given you a specimen (if he hasn't I will), but is only used to put on graves. It is definitely stated to be an old pattern of dao. The specimen is modern, as men get them made ready for their funerals. I have had an excellent tour, right along the Manipur border in Kuki and Kacha Naga villages to which even Hutton has never been. Among other things I have got a little series of specimens showing Kuki cire perdu work. There is only one man in the district who can do it and I happened to strike him. I have found the Kukis extraordinarily interesting. The Kacha Naga dancing is delightful, but as in nearly every village the young men and maidens turned out and leapt before me it has been rather expensive...
text: My next trip will be out beyond Kerami, but as both you and Hutton have been over the ground I don't expect to find anything new....
text: Yours ever,
text: J.P. Mills