Athele: a secular dance form

Among the Uduk hamlets, athele was the most popular dance form, especially when the heavy work of the rainy season was over.  Moonlit nights were ideal (though this clip unusually shows an afternoon event).  An ensemble of eleven men produced strong resonant rhythms, each using his right hand to beat a specially curved and tuned-up log held between his legs, while blowing on a short bamboo flute held in the left.