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Conversation 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

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

Performance of 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, such as a tiger, is killed.
Date: January 2, 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Monologue about the importance of culture, tradition, and identity

Description: Paul Leo of Senapati, former President of the United Naga Council, shared how important culture, tradition and identity is. 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

Monologue about 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

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

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
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Monologue about the importance of culture, tradition, and identity

Description: Phamhring Sengul of Lambung Anal shares the importance of preserving the culture and how even just with our dress alone we are identified. As indigenous people we are deeply rooted in our environment and our culture, which is our identity. So we are the ones to preserve and promote and protect it from being lost.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Introduction of the Elders by Stephen Sankhil, President of the Lamkang Kurchuknao Kunpun

Description: Stephen Sankhil of Komsen introduces 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

Performance of a song about the names of the months

Description: Thamnung Sankhil Tholungnu of Thamlakhuren shares a song about the names of the month in Lamkang. She explains the months of Lamkang, example how in the month of Purdun the cows came home from the jungle. They were discussing how some say or name it differently in some cases. Later they discuss about the elders from different villages trying to see who is from which village.
Date: 2004
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
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of Tharon Thoe Tharon napi napao

Description: 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, Belun Sankhil of Phaidaam, Shetwor Dilbung of Keithelmanbi, and Beshot Khullar of Phaidaam performing the dance “Tharon Thoe, Tharon napi napao”. In this dance, while the group of dancers are performing, the singers are in two groups as they had to respond to each other in teams which the dancers cannot do while dancing, so the singers are required even if the dancers sing as their voices are not audible and one runs of out breath while dancing.
Date: 2004
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
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Partner: UNT College of Information