The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: dancing
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
date: 1.3.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.2.1937-31.3.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: In the meantime the young men begin to dance in front of the Dingdong morung. Four groups also arrive from the Longshai morung and are dancing for a long time in front of the Ang's house. These groups include one of older men, one of younger men with facial tattoos, one of youths without tattoos and one group of small boys. All these groups now are dancing the longest time in front of the Ang house while the Dingdong men stay at their morung. Finally the four groups dance back to their morung through the village. They always proceed for only a few steps and then form a circle again and continue dancing. The sun is already low when then arrive at the Longshai morung and then too they continue dancing for quite a while. They are amused about all my photographing and they make the funniest faces when they see the camera pointing at them