The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes on the Zemi Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower

caption: dances
caption: Ka-nzui-ba-lim
medium: notes
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1939-1946
refnum: Betts papers, ring binder 1
person: Centre for South Asian Studies, Cambridge
text: Ka-nzui-ba-lim.
text: Like the above the following dance is done as a game to revive flagging young people at a party. It appears to vary in different villages. In essence, a long line of bucks and girls forms a ring and dances round with a "gallop" step, left and right; then with leader in centre, forms tight spiral, the rest "galloping" round. Dancers face inwards. When they are tightly locked in a coil, the leader creeps out from the middle under the arms of the "coil" and unwinds from the centre. Repeat, but winding facing outwards to display girls' breasts. For last figure, last buck and girl in line form an arch of linked hands; leader dances file under it with leap step; girl of arch turns under her own arm, so that R. hand, still clasping L. hand of buck, lies on her L. shoulder. Next arch: under her L. hand and next buck's R; he turns under own arm; repeat till whole line in locked, one hand on own other shoulder clasping hand of partner behind, free hand clasping (locked) hand of partner in front. Dance forward and back; unlock by reversing, turning back under arches beginning from head of line and girl behind him.