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: Sema dances at Emilomi
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Sema
location: Emilomi
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 14:10
text: Sema dances.
text: Women - at Emilomi - a line of old hags and crones - a single dull and drab dance - hold hands in front, toss them up and step backwards and forwards chanting in time.
text: Boys - warrior dances - more lively - a long line holding hands - a jump forward on one foot and kicking the buttocks with the other - a curious 'clapping' rhythm from the heels smacking the haunches.