The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: the unimpressive dance in Tamlu finally starts
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Tamlu
date: 17.12.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.11.1936-11.2.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Already rather angry I went to the house of the dobashi where I interrupted a drinking party and was told that now the dancers would be called immediately. An hour later I met the dobashi who enquired in front of which morung I wanted to see the dance and asked innocently whether he should now call the dancers. Anyone who knows the Konyak will not be surprised that it took another good while (74) until the dance began. Finally some men and several boys came from the Ung morung and began to walk around in a circle while singing. Neither the dancers nor the dance itself were very impressive