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Discussion about names of months in Lamkang

Description: Bunghon Suungnem of Leingangching, Beshot Tholung of Thamlapokpi, and Daniel Tholung of Thamlakhuren discuss the names of the months in Lamkang. He explains how some of the months were named differently by the Lamkang Council, which he finds incorrect and wants them to make corrections. He shares the different names given by people from different villages like the Mantri Pantha, which is different to what he knew. He shares how he requested the Lamkang Kver Kunpun to make the necessary corrections for future purposes. This was recorded during the Seminar on Culture and Origin of the Lamkangs.
Date: January 2, 2004
Duration: 8 minutes 15 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Monologue about the names of the months in Lamkang

Description: Suungnem Bunghon of Leingangching explains how some of the months were named differently by the Lamkang Council, which he finds incorrect and wanted them to make corrections. He was sharing the different names given by people from different villages like the Mantri Pantha, which are different to what he knew. He shared how he requested the Lamkang Kver Kunpun to make the necessary corrections for future purposes.
Date: 2004
Duration: 2 minutes 34 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of Reelruu Kardaam

Description: Elders who are experts in traditional songs and young women and men dancers perform the Reelruu Kardaam. Reelruu Dance is a typical dance where the Reelruu, a long bamboo and gourd musical instrument, is played and a special dance is performed with this song. This dance has unique dance steps which only the Lamkangs perform and its one of the old traditional dances that still is unchanged in steps or song. The Reelruul is also very unique, as it is only played by the Lamkangs. This recording was done during Lamkang Naga Kurchuknao Kunpun (LNKK) seminar at Charangching Village.
Date: 2004
Duration: 17 minutes 52 seconds
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
Duration: 58 minutes 30 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of welcome songs and speech

Description: Lamkang Student Union [Lamkang Kurchuknao Kunpun] opens with prayer, followed by a welcome song by two elders Rengkarnung Leivon and Bunghon Suungnem from Leigangching village. Stephen Sankhil, President of the Lamkang Student Union, made the welcome address and presentation.
Date: 2004
Duration: 13 minutes 39 seconds
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
Duration: 6 minutes 02 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of Inn ksaa laa

Description: A man sings Inn ksaa laa, a song about building a house,”lumen cheen neh”, Inmun Ksii o” and “inluu ee.” He mentioned how a dog was killed, then he told it has to be demonstrated by killing and also in some places where they cannot afford to kill a dog they will perform it with eggs.
Date: 2004
Duration: 2 minutes 10 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Retelling of a traditional narrative

Description: Traditional stories narrated by Sankhil Thumnung of Thamlakhuren
Date: unknown
Duration: 1 minute
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
Duration: 1 minute 23 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about Manhen narrated by Sankhil Thamnung Tholungnu Thamlakhuren

Description: Manhen paomin [The story of Manhen] as narrated by Sankhil Thamnung Tholungnu. In this story, Manhen was asked to care for the animals which were her bride price. She accidentally lets them loose in the forest and thus all the animals escape and become wild animals.
Date: 2000
Duration: 4 minutes 15 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about Khu Khu narrated by Sankhil Thamnung Tholung Thamlakhuren

Description: The Story of Khu Khu as told by Sankhil Thamnung Tholungnu. In this story a girl, when her mother asks her to cook a pumpkin, cooks her younger sibling by mistake. Later when the mother comes back from field and finds out that the girl has cooked the baby, the mother asks the girl to hide. And in the end, as she feared being killed by her father, the girl went into hiding and became a bird, [khu-khu].
Date: 2000
Duration: 5 minutes 05 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional story about the Tiger and Milai

Description: In this telling of Humpii Pa le Milai [the story of Humpiipa and Miilai], a human being and a tiger become friends. When the tiger visited his human friend, he killed a chicken and added to it a kind of mushroom called tree mushroom [u phot], which tastes like the kidney of the chicken. Then he invited his human friend to his house and killed all the chickens he had so he could offer his human friend chicken-kidney curry. At night, the tiger took his friend to the tallest tree and had him sleep there and told him that in case he sees anything weird, not to be sacred but just stay up there safe on the tree.
Date: 2000
Duration: 3 minutes 47 seconds
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
Duration: 3 minutes 56 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Monologue about Totlang dance, dress, and ornaments

Description: Bunghon Suungnem explains the meaning behind Totlang Kam and why they sing a particular song with the dance and also the dress they wear.
Date: 2004
Duration: 18 minutes 07 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Discussion of Cheldep

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 was 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 a Dilbung man who was lost during the war.
Date: January 2, 2004
Duration: 2 minutes 31 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of 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
Duration: 1 minute 17 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of 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” is 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
Duration: 13 minutes 25 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of Khujin Laa

Description: This performance features Elders from various villages who are experts in traditional songs, stories and dancers from different villages who are invited to perform 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
Duration: 4 minutes 27 seconds
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
Duration: 56 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Monologue about the sound of the trumpet and the Chakhei harvest

Description: Bunghon Suungnem of Leingangching explains how the trumpet is sounded to convey different messages to the community members. He also shares how the process of Chakhei harvest is done.
Date: 2004
Duration: 4 minutes 59 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of Yaan kih Khuungpaar Laa

Description: This performance features young women and men dancers from various villages and elders who are experts in traditional songs, including Beshot Tholung, Bunghon Suungnem, Belun Sankhil, Beshot Khullar, and Shangwar perform "Yaanki Khuungpaar laa", "Puulraang laa", "Laam laa". This dance is performed during the Totlang Kam at nights as the songs and dance are performed only during the nights.
Date: 2004
Duration: 19 minutes 12 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of Har Khungpaa and Puulraang

Description: A group of men and women singing and dancing to 'Har Khungpaa' and 'Puulraang'.
Date: 2004
Duration: 4 minutes 57 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of Saa Kraang K'aai Laa

Description: This performance features 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 such as a tiger is killed. A feast is held in celebration and this song is sung on that special occasion. It was believed that only able men can kill a fierce animal, risking their own lives back in the days when there were no guns or other sophisticated ammunition, and only spear and bow and arrows were used to hunt.
Date: 2004
Duration: 8 minutes 49 seconds
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information
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