The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter Twenty-six. Tribesmen Of Tirap
caption: girls and boys sing in the evenings together; tape recording
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Wanchu
location: Niaunyu (Niaunu)
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1962
text: Nothing illustrated this basic similarity more vividly than a scene in the large hall of the Ang of Niaunu where late one evening a band of young men gathered to sing with the girls of the chief's family and the surrounding houses. The young men emerged from the dark. carrying torches, and even before they entered they halted and began to chant. Gradually they moved into the large hall, dimly lit by the flames of some fires, and there the girls joined in the chanting. This time I had a tape recorder, a piece of equipment that had not even existed in 1936, and hence I could record music - and words, and obtain on the following day an approximate translation of the chants.