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: Chang slave married into Himbu village and doesn't want to be rescued; conclusion of hostilities with oaths of peace; boundary with Burma
medium: letters
person: Mongsen
ethnicgroup: Chang
location: Chingmei Pangsha Range Patkoi Ponyo (Himbu)
date: 30.11.1936
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 1936
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Mills Ms.
text: (18) Chingmei
text: November 30th, 1936
text: The Chang slave was a youth, as fat as butter. He has married a Himbu wife, wears Himbu dress and tattooed, Himbu fashion, and shows no desire to return to his relations, not a word of whose language he can understand. I shall let him stay.
text: The scene was really rather an amazing one last night. There we all sat discussing details of the fight. Poor Mongsen has one dreadfully burnt foot, which I got the doctor Babu to bandage up.
text: He trod on some hot ruins in his village.
text: We've had a long dose of Pangsha and their friends today, finishing up with an oath of peace. The Patkoi looks quite an ordinary range from here, but it's extraordinary what a boundary it is. People living just the other side, a day's easy march from my villages, often wear dungarees and Burmese clothes and adopt Burmese customs.