The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: girls dance at Chintang , dress and steps
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Chingtang (Chintang)
date: 28.3.1937
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: The girls' dance is a rather boring circle dance and without any variation in step or chant. Six to nine girls are standing in a tight circle and move anti-clockwise with their heads lowered. (245) Sometimes they step slightly further apart only to move closely together again with the next step and a slight bending of the knees. The smaller girls dance in their own circle and in addition there are groups of children, all girls, on every platform, who imitate the dance of the grownups
text: All the older girls are wearing the same white cloth with red and black embroidery. The white is much purer than the same cloth in Wakching. Chingtang grows cotton and Shankok says quite correctly that the cloths are as beautiful and white as the cloth from Assam. On the platform behind the Ang's house the girls of the Ang-nan morung are dancing which however only has Ben clans. Shankok may dance and joke with these, not with those of the other morung. He likes one of the girls, in my opinion too she is the prettiest one and has an interesting face, less coarse than the others. Shankok also praises her for being smaller than her friends which is considered an advantage here. He is quite optimistic that he will spend the night with her.