The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: dancing in Shiong at reception of head
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Shiong
date: 20.12.1936
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: At first they dance for a few minutes in front of the Longokoa morung, then in front of the Ang's house, and finally most extensively in front of the Wang-hem morung. Here too the dancers move in a circle but not next to each other in a drawn out row, but as a concentrated group. They step around the open area and again and again they stop, facing the centre. More than in Wakching, here I notice the bending of the knees as a movement in the dance. At a certain point of the song, the entire group bends their knees so that the palm leaf bundles in the baskets sweep the ground