The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

Typescript copy of extracts from letters from J.P. Mills to Mrs Pamela Mills (in England), 1936

caption: Plans to confront hostile village of Pangsha over slave-trading; crossbows and poisoned arrows
medium: letters
location: Chingmei Yimpang Pangsha Noklak
date: 23.11.1936
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 1936
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Mills Ms.
text: (11) Chingmei
text: November 23rd, 1936
text: I took an escort and visited Yimpang yesterday, one of the villages which had given trouble about slaves. It has definitely made peace and has tried to make amends, so I did not punish them beyond confiscating the heads they got by treacherous means. I hope this will have some effect on Pangsha, who have also given up their slaves, and with whom I have no desire to quarrel. But I am afraid it won't.
text: They have challenged us to go and see them and I must do so. If I let them think we are afraid they will raid again and capture more wretched little children. We start at 6.30 tomorrow and camp for the night at Noklak.
text: Whether Noklak will fight or not we don't know. Pangsha will certainly do so, I am afraid. Their weapon is crossbows with a range of 200 to 250 yards, and poisoned arrows. There's no doubt of the risk. It is about the nastiest job I have ever had to tackle. If you hear nothing before you get this letter you will know I am all right, for I shall be in friendly territory long before you get it. The effect of the local poison is pleasingly instantaneous.