The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes made by W.G. Archer between 1946 & 1948, and miscellaneous papers and letters

caption: Chang dances
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Chang
location: Tuensang
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 16:44
text: Chang dances.
text: men and women link up - go round clockwise first - then reverse and go round widdershins - the mixed dance we saw at Tuensang was an 'ordinary' one danced at night - there is a special warrior's dance reserved for the Harvest Festival only - Hutton who saw dances in November 1923 must have seen some 'ordinary' ones - women's hair down their backs - breasts bare - a jigging step - swinging the hands - range of steps is very small.