The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter Seventeen. Pangsha Burns
caption: decision to burn Pangsha's colony village
medium: books
person: Mills
ethnicgroup: Kalyo Kengyu
location: Pangsha Noklak
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: We sit down again to our interrupted meal with light hearts, and enjoy the so far disdained tins with relish. But we cannot rest long, for Pangsha's colony on the shoulder of the mountain is four miles away, and it must also be burnt to the ground. Mills (144) thinks that it will be an easy march along the bed of the valley, and that we will be able to climb up to the colony before evening, returning to Noklak by the light of the full moon.
text: Quite frankly, I am horrified by this programme; I feel we have already had quite enough trouble and excitement for one day. However, Mills is determined, and we start at about three o'clock down the valley, though not for long on the comfortable march Mills has promised us. Soon the broad valley narrows and, to our great disappointment, the river changes from a gentle stream to a swift-running torrent. In some places it rushes between steep cliffs, and to make any progress we must wade downstream in the icy water or scramble over the precipitous banks through a tangle of jungle.