The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: recordings on phonograph
medium: diaries
person: Kauffmann
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 28.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.4.1937-26.6.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Once Kauffmann had finished measuring we went to the Thepong where Shankok had asked many young men to come. There we recorded two of the Thepong songs on Kauffmann's phonograph. I was surprised how well people understood what was happening and how cleverly they behaved. However we could not reproduce the same solemn rhythm and enthusiasm as for the real dance. When we replayed the cylinder afterwards and the people heard their own singing, though quietly, they could hardly contain their surprise and merriment. The leader covered his face with his hands and shook himself with laughter.