Cases being heard by J.P.M. and another while on tour (Image number S.081, J.P. Mills Photographic Collection)

Material Information

Cases being heard by J.P.M. and another while on tour (Image number S.081, J.P. Mills Photographic Collection)
Series Title:
J.P. Mills Photographic Collection
Mills, J. P. (James Philip), 1890-1960.
Hobson, Geraldine ( contributor )
Publication Date:
B&W photographic print 9.5x7 cm ( medium )


Subjects / Keywords:
एशिया -- भारत -- नगालैंड
এশিয়া -- ভারত -- নাগাল্যান্ড
Naga (South Asian people) ( lcsh )
Naga ( ethnicity )
नागा ( ethnicity )
Mills, J. P. (James Philip), 1890-1960. ( lcsh )
Europeans ( ethnicity )
गोरों ( ethnicity )
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- India -- Nagaland
25.67 x 94.12


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. ( en )
General Note:
Date of photograph: [no date specified]
General Note:
Copyright held by the Estate of J.P. Mills. The Estate is currently (2015) represented by Geraldine Hobson.
General Note:
This item may be used under license: Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial (CC BY-NC)
General Note:
This image is part of album S. The album contains images of individuals from various tribes, all untitled and undated. Some are also to be found in other albums, sometimes giving a clue as to their identity.
General Note:
Originally collected in Album S of the "J.P. Mills Photographic Collection". (Held in the SOAS, University of London, Archives and Special Collections.)
General Note:
VIAF ID: 2475026 (name authority) : Mills, J.P. (James Philip), 1890-1960
General Note:
VIAF ID: 24095368 (name authority) : Hobson, Geraldine
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Ethnologue reference:

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
Image: © 1937, The Estate of J.P. Mills. Text: © 1996, Geraldine Hobson.
Resource Identifier:
PP MS 58/02/S/81 ( CALM Reference )