The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts from 'Descriptive Ethnography of Bengal' on Nagas by E.T. Dalton

caption: Section 7. (2) - The Kukis
caption: songs: language; bamboo pipes - ghosen; gongs
medium: articles
person: Steward/ Major
person: Dalton/ E.T.
date: 1872
text: The Kukis have songs in an old dialect of their language now obsolete, which, from the specimen given by Major Steward, are not without a trace of poetic imagery. They have an instrument called the " ghosen," consisting of bamboo pipes with stops inserted into a gourd, which produces different tones at the will of the performer when the gourd is blown into by a mouth-piece. They use chimes of gongs when they want more noise.