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: Continued progress with freeing slaves; dance at Panso; recommendations for gallantry medals
medium: letters
person: Williams/ Maj.Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
location: Panso Noko (Nokhu) Pangsha Sanglao
date: 5.12.1936
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 1936
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Mills Ms.
text: (23) Camp Panso
text: December 5th, 1936
text: Nokhu came in all right last night. Men from all the morungs to whom I had sent scraps of " The Statesman ". I interviewed them by lantern light. All went well. I told them they had captured 10 slaves of whom one had died, but they say this was an exaggeration and I see no reason to disbelieve them. They say they only had four of whom one is dead and one sold in Burma, and two returned.
text: I had a long talk with Williams last night, whom I have got to know well on this trip. With my entire concurrence he is recommending two Indian Officers for the King's Police Medal for Gallantry for their conduct in the action against Pangsha.
text: In the afternoon Panso put on a dance for us. I have seen too many Naga dances to be very interested.
text: The Baron however loved every moment of it, and rushed about like a press photographer. He wants spectacular pictures which he can sell.
text: What I am really waiting for is an Embassy from a place called Sanglao, a village we had never heard of till we got there. They say they have a slave they wish to return. The dance was really not a bad one, and some of the ornaments were very fine, though I wish the rims of white enamelled plates were not fancied as neckwear! Probably they fetch a good price here.
text: Nokhu having come to terms, we have been able to shorten our tour a little. We shall all be glad to turn our noses towards home.