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Published on Aug 3, 2009
This clip shows some short samples of dances by various Naga tribes, performed by children at the National Baptist Church Councils Childrens Festival in Dimapur on 19th January 2008. The Zeme dancers are from the town of Peren (the song means: Come to Peren the people will welcome you). The reaction of the young spectators to the bare buttocks of the Sumi boys despite their fearsome spears and machetes indicates how modern Naga culture is becoming estranged from at least some aspects of its traditions. The Sumi girls and the imposing Angami dancers are equally fascinating for their unusual vocal techniques and their rhythmic dances, and the Kuki bamboo pole dance is highly reminiscent of highland Scottish sword-dancing. The Zeme and the Kuki dances are both accompanied by the ubiquitous Naga drum.