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: Comments on march and rations; visit to an inhospitable village
medium: letters
person: Smith/ Mr.Furer-Haimendorf/ C.Hutton/ J.H.
location: Sangpurr Yakao
date: 6.12.1936
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 1936
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Mills Ms.
text: (24) Camp Sangpurr
text: 6th December, 1936
text: It is icy at this camp at 7,600 ft., but directly we get into the summit will be too hot. We are getting rather short of rations as Smith is so greedy, he eats and drinks about twice as much as anyone else.
text: I felt the march today for some reason or another, it may be the height. First we went up a long, long slope to Yakao and then down to a muddle of streams and shoulders one after the other, and then a long climb up here. I had lunch as soon as I could get it and went off with the Baron to the village, a long straggly place, the end of which it takes an hour to reach.
text: It meant I was on my feet from 7 a.m. till 4.30 except for lunch. Hutton got a very bad reception 13 years ago, the only time the village had ever been visited before, and I had to see if local manners had improved. I don't think they have, much; every house was shut except those of the four people who entertained us, and I don't suppose I saw twenty people in the whole place. I fancy all property that mattered had been removed, in case we looted it.