Kuvelü and Alüne Tetseo (1994, Dec, Kohima)
Kuvelü and Alüne Tetseo (1994)






All of us started out pretty young. Mother would seat us down and lead in singing and we would follow suit. We were permanent fixtures at all school functions, dressed up in our miniature versions of the traditional costumes and called forth to present bouquets to Chief guests and guests while everyone else were in drab school uniforms.
Mother used to dress us up in traditional wear for fancy dress competitions and we used to be embarrassed. As kids, we wanted to be dolled up as princesses of fairy tales not realizing that we are tribal princesses in our own right.  However, this realization came much later.

 Mother painstakingly wove all our skirts, beaded our necklaces and taught us all we know of what is our culture and tradition. We learned how to play the tati and picked up the dance routines and complexed footwork by a routine of coaxing, pleading and sulk sessions from mother and father.
Little Mercy decked up for a school function.
It got easier in time when School dance festivals were organised and everybody had to participate in the cultural dances and folksinging. We easily took on the roles of instructing and sharing our knowledge and formed our groups. School performances inspired Television appearances at the local Doordarshan Station and soon, invitations to bigger stages and state level programmes came in.
We never had a chance to name ourselves. People just started calling us the "Tetseo Sisters" and the name just stuck. But come to think of it,  it may not be perfect but it fits and we are happy to be called so.
And so we are the "Tetse-o Sisters" :)
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6 comments:

kithan merithung says:
at: 10 July 2011 at 21:44 said...

Amazing piece. My soul would have never rested in peace if i had never realize that there's a master-craft in my soil.

Tetseo Sisters says:
at: 11 July 2011 at 09:25 said...

Thank you Kithan Merithung.
Do keep checking in.

surya pandey says:
at: 4 May 2014 at 10:48 said...

We at IGRMS Bhopal want to organise your programme. Please mail me your contact at skp.igrms@gmail.com

Al Ngullie says:
at: 18 October 2014 at 16:15 said...

Alright, now that was sweet. Do write more stories, not to forget perhaps you guys ought to start working on something new, sisters.

clandestine says:
at: 7 December 2014 at 22:34 said...

I am so glad to see a glimpse of your childhood through this particular blog. And by the by your mother must have been a truly wonderful and a great woman. My best wishes to your Mommy. <3

Peacefully Young says:
at: 8 January 2017 at 17:39 said...

Proud daughter of Northeast..