Headhunters, now Southern Gospel Fans
National Geographic recently featured a short story on the Naga, a tribe in northeast India who were headhunters until the 1960s, and have become Christians. (As usual with the magazine, modesty warning for the illustrations!) Former Singing News editor Jim Cumbee noticed a particularly interesting passage, and shared it with his Facebook friends:
In the last village that I visit, I talk with another former headhunter, then return to our vehicle. That’s when I hear a familiar sound coming from a small hut. Not quite believing my ears, I ask my guide, “What is that music?”
“Do you happen to know the Gaither Vocal Band?”
“Yes, I do,” I reply. Bill Gaither’s group comes out of the Southern gospel tradition, playing music you might hear on a Sunday morning in small-town Mississippi. But hearing it on a Thursday morning in a village in remote Nagaland is a bit surprising. “The Gaither Vocal Band is very popular in Nagaland,” my guide explains.
Headhunter Homecoming, coming soon?