The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: display of Assam Rifles and dancing
medium: diaries
person: Gerty/ B.C.H. (Capt.)
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Kohima
date: 19.6.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1936
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: 19th June
text: Dinner with Captain B.C.H. Gerty, First Royal Bn. 9th Jat Regiment, with Fuze and Mills. Afterwards there was a performance and display of the Assam Rifles. (64) In a large hall open on all sides, soldiers performed different national dances, partly in costumes with some dressed up as women, others in their khaki shorts. Most remarkable were the dances of the Assamese from the plains, a Kuki dance and a dance of the Gurkhali. All dances were accompanied by choral singing and percussion and especially drums. The rhythmic assurance of the dances were astonishing.