Cases being heard by J.P.M. and another while on tour

Scope and Content

B&W photographic print. 'They sit under a rough canopy, a dobashi or interpreter beside them. Groups of litigants sit on the grass waiting their turn. The people would have advance notice that an official would soon be visiting their district, and groups from villages over a wide area would come to have their disputes resolved by the British officials. Litigants brought numerous friends and supporters with them and there was much shouting as each side tried to put their case, so it required endless patience to sort out the true facts. Justice was administered according to tribal custom, in which Mills was an expert, though ably assisted and advised by his hand picked dobashis. The punishment for the person found guilty was usually a fine in kind, for example, mithan. Even Nagas from outside the administered part of the Naga Hills would often come to these gatherings.'

Access Information



Ethnic group: Naga

Ethnic group: Mills; James Philip (1890-1960); colonial administrator and anthropologist

Ethnic group: Europeans

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

9.5 x 7 cm

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by J.P. Mills