The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

letters from J.P. Mills to Henry Balfour

caption: Carved toys and models
medium: letters
person: Balfour/ Henry
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Meluri (Melomi) Kulazu (Kulazu Bagwemi)
date: 20.11.1933
person: Mills/ J.P.
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Mills Ms.
text: Kohima,
text: Naga Hills.
text: Nov. 20th 1933
text: My dear Balfour,
text: Your letter was waiting for me when I got back today from a four weeks tramp to Melomi and back, by rarely-visited Eastern Angami villages...
text: The Naga Hills is a funny place. You think you have collected everything in it and then one day you find you haven't. I've packed two parcels to go by post to you. This trip I have been nosing round for toys, and found a very clever carver in the E. Angami village of Kulazu Bagwemi who has a hobby of making models - and very good models too. You will like the carved house front, if it arrives safely, as I hope it will. You will see that a plank above the door is missing. It might be worth having one made and coloured to match. I have a pair of "house-horns" too, but they wouldn't go into the box. They were made separately, and I'm not sure if the scale is the same as that of the house front. If it is they might be set up with it when I send them. Two puzzles are new to me, as is the employment of pigs' trotters for the amusement of the young! (I shall try it).
text: I have a good deal more stuff, but no chance to get it off today. Finding boxes to fit always takes hours. As I send it I will write about it...
text: Yours ever,
text: Philip Mills