The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Eighteen. A Skirmish with Head-Hunters
caption: climb up to colony village of Pangsha
medium: books
person: Nakhu
ethnicgroup: Kalyo Kengyu
location: Pangsha
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: (145) Once more, as the first grey of dawn lightens the sky, we break camp. The porters with the luggage set off for Noklak under a strong escort of sepoys, and we, with forty sepoys, several dobashi, and our Chang scouts, climb the hill to Pangsha's colony. We intend to surprise the inhabitants, and if possible to take a few prisoners to use as a pawn in future negotiations for the release of the slave-girl. The burning of the main village was not enough, for as Nakhu said last night: "The houses are burnt, but Pangsha has still all her teeth." He meant, of course, that the warriors had suffered no losses and that their pride and courage were yet unbent.