Portrait of Chingmak, chief of Chingmei

Scope and Content

B&W photographic print. 'Chingmak, chief of Chingmei, walked many days from his village in unadministered territory to meet Mills and Mokokchung, and Mills received him with the honour due to his status as a chief. They became firm friends, and as a result this powerful chief ensured the safety of Mills and his party during the punitive expedition against the feared village of Pangsha in 1936 (c.f. The Pangsha Letters, published 1995 by the Pitt Rivers Museum), in which also Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf took part (c.f. The Naked Nagas, published in 1929). Chingmak wears on his chest a brass head, signifying his success as a head-hunter. His cane hat is decorated with a long tassel of human hair. The photograph was taken in the garden of Mill's bungalow at Mokokchung, where many visitor used to come along.'

Access Information



Ethnic group: Naga

Ethnic group: Chang Naga

The Chang Naga are alternatively known as the Changhai Naga, the Changru Naga, the Duenching Naga, the Mazung Naga, the Machungrr Naga, the Mojung Naga, and the Mochumi Naga

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

9.5 x 7 cm

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by J.P. Mills