Dances form a vital element in the zest and joy of living
of the tribals. They vary from highly stylized religious dance dramas of the Buddhists to
the martial steps and colorful performances of the Noctes and Wanchos.
Among the Adis, dance had evolved almost into an art form mainly for entertainment
and recreation. The 'Ponung dance of Adis' is performed by teams of young
girls in perfect rhythmic unison. Similar group dances in colorful costumes are performed
by the Nishis and Tagins of Upper and Lower Subansiri.