The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: the head taking dance in Tamlu described
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: (75) The scene became somewhat livelier when now finally the dancers of the other two morungs also arrived all in one group. At first they were not dancing together with the Ung morung but separately in a rectangular formation. Suitable to this formation and to the location they held the dance consisted primarily of stepping forward and backward. The boys dancing in the first row were carrying shields which they were lifting from their sides up to their chest following the rhythm of the dance. , a very quick movement carried through with great precision which give the dance liveliness and increased expressiveness. Finally all three morungs combined for a circle dance in front of the Ung-ban. Then the other two groups went back to their own morungs in front of which they continued to dance for a short while