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: Meeting with representatives of a "new" village, and continued attempts to free slaves
medium: letters
person: Williams/ Maj.Smith/ Mr.
location: Yakao Sangpurr Noko (Nokhu) Panso
date: 2.12.1936
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 1936
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Mills Ms.
text: (20) Camp Yakao
text: December 2nd, 1936
text: We are all rather tired and uncomfortable, Williams has a streaming cold. We did too long a march and we have a frightfully cramped camp site in the jungle. The food we sent for from a nearby village has only half come. Smith is bone idle and disliked by everyone, and grumbles the whole time.
text: We had a thousand-foot drop to a stream and then climbed up and up to the top of an 8,000 ft. range. Luckily our climb was in shade. There is a village, Sangpurr, at the top, and we heard that our Embassy from Nokhu was at Panso, our objective for tomorrow. Seeing is believing, so I have sent for them to come to our camp tomorrow.
text: The Nokhu men turned up actually while I was writing to you. They have never seen white men before, but no muscles of their faces moved. The Oriental is a past master at concealing his feelings. It turns out they are only from a small khel of the village, but that is better than nothing. I sent word by them that people from the main village must meet me at Panso the day after tomorrow. They can't get there before. To enforce my message I sent them scraps of The Statesman, one for each morung. They will never have seen paper before and will believe that the people who came in today really saw us!
text: They said they had returned all their slaves on hearing that we were making a fuss about slavery. This may or may not be true, it remains to be seen.