The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: Sema dancing
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: AoSema
location: Mokokchung
date: 16.7.1936
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: After the Ao it was the turn of some Sema boys whose dance was hardly different from the Ao but for them one boy danced alone in front of them in vividly moving rhythms and he threw his spear a bit into the air. (107) The row always danced a little while clockwise then the dancers jumped into the air and shouted and danced backwards some steps. I tried to take some photographs although the light was not very good any more. (film 18 nos. 22-35)