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The Drumming Dance [likha]

Description: Dancers from various villages were invited to perform during the Lamkang Student Union [Lamkang Kurchuknao Kunpun] seminar. This a special dance called Likhaa Kardaam, where the drumming is different from the other types of dance, a faster drum beat which allows the dancers to take their steps faster. All the dancers are requested to join the dance and they perform the Yaangkaa Kardaam, at Charangching Khullen village.
Date: January 2, 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Elders Singing Traditional Song: Saa Kraang K'aai Laa

Description: Elders who are experts in traditional songs and dance, including Beshot Tholung of Thamlapokpi, Bunghon Suungnem of Leingangching, Dilbung Shangwar of Khuibung, and Beshot Khullar of Phaidaam sing a traditional song called “Saa Kraang K’aai Laa” a song sung in celebration when a fierce animal like tiger is killed.
Date: January 2, 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Paul Leo Discusses the Importance of Culture, Tradition, and Identity

Description: Paul Leo of Senapati, former President of the United Naga Council, shared how important is Culture, tradition and identity. Nagas, we are taught through oral teachings by our parents and a man or woman who knows the story and about anything pertaining to the society. I appreciate the Lamkang student's union for having this program. Today what these elders are performing and sharing the stories and the dresses and ornaments that we are showcasing and owning them. We need to document and make it available to the community not just Lamkang but also to other Nagas in Chandel and in Manipur, Nagaland.We have elders who are willing to transmit their knowledge to the community. Let us also preserve the animals that are around us so as to survive in symbiotic relation with our environment. We can also make resolution to preserve our materials like dresses and other items we used to keep it more authentic and valuable. Example the “Kaang’ that the use in the dance or “Puulraang kooi”.
Date: January 2, 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Bamboo Instrument Song [reelruu-laa]

Description: Elders who are experts in traditional songs and dance, including Beshot Tholung of Thamlapokpi, Bunghon Suungnem of Leingangching, Shangwar Dilbung of Khuibung, and Beshot Khullar of Phaidaam perform the Bamboo Instrument Song [reelruu-laa]. The “Reelruu” a musical instrument made with a long bamboo and gourd and played for specific dance steps which are performed with this song. This recording was done during Lamkang Student Union [Lamkang Kurchuknao Kunpun] semimar at Charangching village.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Bunghon Suungnem Discusses Establishing a School

Description: Bunghon Suungnem of Leingangching tells what he did for establishing the school in his village and in culture promotion, and then Shettong Jangvei of Charangching, who was earlier in Manipur Rifles, and later he was elected as Member of District council. He shared how the light of education is seen now and how Shekarnong Sankhil organized a student conference where he demonstrated how they shoot the sun and today. Shethong Sankhil organizes we are learning about Haikaa, and he requested to discuss and share how Chuva and Khava went to heaven, how people killed elephant and Sumphai was sold by her brother, we must ask villages to come prepared and he appreciate them. Then Bunghon Suungnem explains about the ornaments and dress the dancers wear.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Bunghon Suungnem of Leingangching Sings Phairongsaa, Khungphaai and Simthlei

Description: Bunghon Suungnem of Leingangching sings three different songs Phairongsaa, Khungphaai,Simthlei. He sings about the Haika village, Aibul responded we are populous and we draw our water from streams dry. Raalveen-said we are the border and we fought the war against the enemies. Chkhum-boast about their celebrating the Merit Festival called the Totlang Kam. At dawn they sang Var khuu thleng nge,pyu busuk pva busuk ting-tang. Meikhunu hinni’ktlun nuh.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Chaakhei Klou, the Harvest Festival

Description: Beshot Tholung of Thamlapoki discusses the Chaakhei Klou, the Harvest Festival. He explains the rituals that are followed in the process of harvesting of the crops. He shares about the feast called DilK’or, the festival of the harvest. He explains how they conduct a recitation to invite the crops from the field to the barns. A “ Khulpuu” elder will call all the human spirits to also come back home from the fields to the homes.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

A discussion of dance steps [kardaam]

Description: Elders who are expects in traditional songs and dance, including Beshot Tholung of Thamlapokpi, Bunghon Suungnem of Leingangching, Shangwar Dilbung of Khuibung, and Beshot Khullar of Phaidaam give instructions to the dancers on the dance steps [kardaam] in the Charangching Khullen village.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Elders discuss Cheldep, the Lamkang hero

Description: Elders Beshot Tholung of Thamlapokpo, Bunghon Suungnem of Leingangching, Shangwar Dilbung of Khuibung, Daniel Tholung of Thamlakhuren, and Beshot Khullar and Sankhil Belun of Phaidaam discuss Cheldep, the Lamkang hero. Cheldep is a young man who was brought by Shenoi. As for Shenoi we are not so sure, but he was arrested during the war they heard. Sankhils claimed the “Yamluung”, a musical instrument, as their property. But later the Dilbungs claimed it as Vangkhiin who is the owner of the musical instrument. They discuss about a Dilbung man who was lost during the war.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

A Group of Elders Singing Puulraang

Description: Beshot Tholung of Thamlapokpi, Bunghon Suungnem of Leingangching, and Belun Sankhil of Phaidaam sing in praise of Puulraang for its beauty and the relations that they had with the Puulraang,, a bird whose feather is used as a decorative item during the cultural traditional dances in Totlang Kam festival or any other festivities in the community.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Group of Elders singing Saa Kraang K'aai Laa

Description: A group of Elders from various villages who are experts in traditional songs and dance, including Beshot Tholung of Thamlapokpi, Bunghon Suungnem of Leingangching, Shangwar Dilbung of Khuibung, and Beshot Khullar of Phaidaam sing Saa Kraang K'aai Laa. This song is sung in celebration when a fierce animal like tiger is killed.A feast is held in celebration and this song is sung on that special occasion. It was regarded that only abled man can killed a fierce animal risking their own lives back in the days when there is no guns or other sophisticated ammunition and only spear and bow and arrows were used to hunt.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Introduction of the Elders by Stephen Sankhil, President of the Lamkang Student's Union [Lamkang Kurchuknao Kunpun]

Description: Stephen Sankhil of Komsen introduces of the elders and dignitaries present during the Lamkang Student’s Union Seminar [Lamkang Kurchuknao Kunpun]. All elders were invited to sing or tell stories and dancers and other dignitaries of different Naga tribe leaders from United Naga Council, All Naga Students Union, Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights and Deputy Commissioner of Chandel district, Nobert Disinang, I.A.S.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Khujin Laa

Description: Elders from various villages who are experts in traditional songs, stories and dancers from different villages who are invited to preform at the seminar, including Beshot Thulong of Thamlapokpi, Bunghon Suungnem of Leingangching, Shangwar Dilbung of Khuibung. “Khujin Laa” is the song which is sung at the end of the dancing. The song itself talks about the fall of the dusk and as the birds and animals are heeding to their nests and homes and we humans calling the neighbors to go home from the field.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Khungphai

Description: Beshot Tholung of Thamlapokpi talks about “Krei Klou” and other like “Arloo”, “Hol”,”Chavei” and “Changbom”.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information