The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts from 'Account of the valley of Munnipore and of the Hill Tribes' by Major W. McCulloch

caption: dance and song
medium: articles
person: Stewart/ Lt.
ethnicgroup: KookieKhongjaiKoupooee
person: McCulloch/ Major W.
date: 1858
refnum: from: Selections from the Records of the Government of India, No. 27 (Calcutta) 1859
text: The Khonjai's in temperament differs from the Koupooee, this is shown at their rejoicings in their dancing and their music. The dancing of the Koupooees is of that lively nature which is laborious to its practiser, whilst that of the Khongjai is more sober, they both enjoy their own peculiar style of amusement, but perhaps a spectator would prefer the Koupooee dance to that of the Khongjai. If in this he gave the Koupooee the palm, it must again be yielded to the Khongjai for his minstrelsy. Their "Hapee", or old songs are in dialect differing from their present spoken one, and the same is the case with the Koupooees.