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Conversation about the Tchaan Yamluung

Description: Shekarnong Sankhil and Tholung Beshot of Thamlapokpi discuss Tchaan Yamluung, a musical instrument used by the Lamkangs and the Kachin people in Myanmar, who are also called red people and can be our people.
Date: January 2, 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of a folk song and love story

Description: Folksong and Love Story by Sankhil Thamnung recorded in a family setting with family members. A woman sings and then Suungnem Bunghon of Leingangching joins. “Akhuu Kmaakna” “Dii Laa”“Bungkhuu” villagers left the village due to the leech.” K’Sil chelraaangpa” my beautiful cow was eaten away by the tiger.
Date: unknown
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of folks songs

Description: Folks Songs shared by Sankhil Thumnung of Thamlakhuren
Date: unknown
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about the Squirrel and Rumnu narrated by Sankhil Thampol Khularnu

Description: Theipaa leh rumnu paomin [The Story of Squirrel and Rumnu] as narrated by Sankhil Thampol Khularnu. Squirrel [Theipa] pretended that he fell down and hurt his scrotum and so could not walk. He therefore asked Rumnu to carry him in her basket which was full of fig-like fruit [didit]. When she carried him in her basket, he ate up all the figlike fruit and jumped out of her basket and ran off. She was so angry that she cursed him so that he would be trapped in the traps set by people in olden times. Then while he was running, an insect [Uisoom] caught him. So Rumnu asked Uisoon to please keep catching Theipa the squirrel. Rumnu said, “I will weave for you these kinds of cloth, a diphun, a vausen, a diir, a pundum, a kniksen, a yeb, a kniktxil. While Theipa was still in the grip so Uisoon, Rumnu then caught hold of him and beat him to her heart's content. So the he story ends but it is believed that this is how the weaving of different patterns and design of the present day attire came about.
Date: 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Retelling of The Story of the Lamkang Hunter

Description: Lamkang Suk Paomin [The story of the Lamkang Hunter] as told by Sankhil Thamnung Tholungnu. This is a story of how a Lamkang man who was a an expert hunter was captured and enslaved by the Kukis. When they planned to kill him, he was encouraged by his wife to escape. A tiger helped him cross the river and eventually return home to be united with his children.
Date: 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about the Big Frog

Description: Uitokpa Paomin [The story of Big Frog] as told by Sankhil Thamnung Tholungnu. In this story, a frog was cursed and pinched by everyone, and so he looks as he does today. On the other hand, Useen, the second character, was blessed by the people for a clever decision she made.
Date: unknown
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about Sumphaai and Rangleen, Part 1

Description: Sumphai leh Rangleng [Sumphai and Rangleng] as told by Sankhil Thampol Khularnu of of Thamlakhuren, Part 1. Sumphai was a hardworking sister of Rangleng, but she was despised by the lazy wife of Rangleng, who nagged her husband into selling her off so that they could be alone. As the husband went to sell Sumphai, while they spent the night in a riverbank, the sister Sumphai had a dream in which their mother appeared. The mother was talking to the brother and asking him what on earth he was doing. The mother told him not sell his sister but to go back home. When Sumphai recalled her dream to her brother, he was even more furious and took a strong stand to sell her off.
Date: August 18, 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional narratives about Shenoi, Cheldep, Chbuphei, and Haikaa

Description: Bunghon Suungnem of Leingangching, Beshot Tholung of Thamlapokpi, and Bu Ringo Dilbung of New Chayang tell the story of how Shenoi was kept by the captives. A messenger was sent to bring him with two “dingduu” and on top chilly were tied together to identify he is carrying an important message to convey and no one will disturb him. “Cheldep” thir sun dat pdainu mkuul k’am pii. And today it was kept with the people. Bu Ringo Dilbung tells the story of Chbuphei and Haikaa. They also named the names of some Lamkang heroes, and heroes who have their story with songs ascribed to them.
Date: January 2, 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional narrative about The Bad Woman and Good Woman

Description: Skinyernu and Penpenjur [The Bad Woman and Good Woman] as told by Sankhil Thampol Khularnu. In this story, a lady who was very good and industrious, Penpenjur, was killed by a bad woman, Skinyernu. Later Skinyernu played the role of the wife of Penpenjur, whom she had killed. However, the first wife, Penpenjur, was reborn to fight with the bad woman. The good woman won the fight, but the good woman killed again with the poison from the banana leaf that was used to wrap a food pack, a banana that grew out of the bad woman. In the end of the story, the husband and wife met in the land of the death, but as they were to go to their final destiny, the man laughed and this caused them to be separated. In order to get around being separated, they grew as two separate but joined at the upper branches, like a tree and climber.
Date: 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Retelling of the Squirrel and Rongnu

Description: Recording by Daniel Tholung of a retelling of the traditional story The Squirrel and Rongnu.
Date: 2008
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional narrative about leeches and tigers

Description: Bunghon Suungnem of Leingangching tells the traditional folktales “Akhuu Kmaakna” “Dii Laa” “Bungkhuu” about villagers left the village due to the leech. ”K’sil chelraaangpa” my beautiful cow was eaten away by the tiger.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Reading of The Titus in Lamkang

Description: Recording of Rev. Daniel Tholung reading the Titus in Lamkang. He translated from English to Lamkang as part of the Evangel Bible Translation project of the Lamkang Bible.
Date: 2009
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about Smangyur

Description: The Story of Smangyur, a tiger than transforms into a woman.
Date: 2000
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation about resettling villages

Description: A discussion with Suungnem Bunghon of Leingangching, Tholung Beshot and Shekarnong Sankhil of Thamlapokpi about the names of villages which the Lamkangs abandoned and Kukis resettled there using the same names (Charangching Khullen-Khunkha). This was recorded at the seminar on culture and origin of the Lamkangs at Charangching village.
Date: January 2, 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Retelling of How the Village Mantripantha was Named

Description: Mantripukhri was a pond made after Lamkang Thamsul for performing a ritual for the Meitei king to have a baby. When the king had the baby, he came to look for him, but the families thought that the king was looking for him to kill him. So, when they asked the family they answered he went ‘Panthaba chet khre” and they thought it was the name of the village, so that is how the village Mantripantha was named.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Monologue about lou kruung laa

Description: Sankhil Thamnung Tholungnu tells us how ladies make friends in the fields. They invite each other through singing songs called 'field songs' [lou kruung laa]. The speaker sings the song with and without a traditional bamboo instrument called Lampe.
Date: unknown
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of Likhaa Kardaam

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 (The Drumming Dance), 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

Personal narrative about establishing a school

Description: Bunghon Suungnem of Leingangching tells what he did to establish 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 the ornaments and dress the dancers wear.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of a song of a brother without a sister

Description: Beshot Tholung of Thamlapokpi shares a song a man without sister would sing and the other woman from the same clan would be there to console him as the sister would do. Then he shared how the giving of “Saa Khuu” to the sisters were done in some eastern parts.
Date: January 2, 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Description of dance steps

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, give instructions to the dancers on the dance steps [kardaam] in the Charangching Khullen village.
Date: January 2, 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Discussion about names of months

Description: A discussion of the names of the months in Lamkang with Thamnung Sankhil Tholungnu of Thamlakhuren, for example how in the month of Purdun, the cows came home from the jungle. They were discussing how some say or name them differently in some cases. Later they discuss the elders from different villages trying to see who is from which village.
Date: January 2, 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information