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Advisor Ayemi advocates preservation of cultures, traditions

By Thejoto Nienu Updated: Nov 21, 2023 7:49 pm
Advisor Ayemi advocates preservation of cultures, traditions
Women from the Tikhir community presenting a folk song at The Garden in Kohima on Tuesday. (EM Images)

KOHIMA — Advisor for Tribal Affairs and Election, Tovihoto Ayemi underscored the need to safeguard cultures and traditions. He emphasised that the younger generation, captivated by the rapid modernisation of the world, is increasingly diverted from the cultural values passed on by their ancestors.

Ayemi made these remarks during his address at the Jan Jatiya Gaurav Divas 2023 event, which celebrated tribal folk song and dance at The Garden, Kohima, on Tuesday. The event was organised by the Tribal Research Institute, Nagaland Tribal Affairs Department and funded by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.

The advisor said that the customs and traditions of the Naga people are ‘beautiful’ and this cultural heritage stands as a testament to the ways of living from bygone eras, forming an integral part of the community’s identity. He underscored the importance of celebrating the cultural energy to serve as a reminder to society of its rich heritage, invoking memories of the ancestors’ culture, heritage, and psyche.

However, he lamented the observed deviation from this age-old heritage within society, expressing concern that instead of preserving and taking pride in it, there is a gradual loss of identity.

“This is an occasion for us to come together celebrating our togetherness and to showcase our rich and diverse cultural to the world. Such an occasion contributes to the promotion of our culture,” he asserted.

Calling for the unity of the Naga people, Ayemi pointed out the need to upkeep the culture and identity that defines the Nagas. Additionally, he emphasised the need for collective responsibility in shaping the future for upcoming generations by passing on the grand legacy of heritage.

In this context, Ayemi emphasised that elders should foster a love for heritage among younger generations by familiarising them with their past. This, he believes, will kindle a sense of pride, inspiring the youth to uphold traditions and transmit them to the new generation.

Additionally, he highlighted various initiatives undertaken by both the central government and the state to promote the welfare of tribals, focusing on education and the preservation of heritage and cultures.

On the occasion, various tribes of Nagaland, including the Sümi, Sangtam, Ao, Rengma, Phom, Chakhesang, Kuki, Lotha, Kachari, Tikhir, Yimkhiung, Angami, Chang, Khiamniungan, Pochury, Zeliang, and Konyak presented folk songs and dances. Special songs were also presented by Keziah Semy, Angap Ngapgang and Pauloi.

Earlier, a welcome address was delivered by Angelina Tajen, Secretary, Tribal Affairs Department and later vote of thanks was proposed by I Sino Phom, Director of Tribal Affairs.

Earlier in the day, the Chakhesang community won the state-level tug-of-war competition while the Kachari community won the second position and Rengma community came third.

In the tribal cuisines competition, the Ao community emerged as the winner while the second position went to the Tikhir community and the third place was won by the Rengma community.

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By Thejoto Nienu Updated: Nov 21, 2023 7:49:25 pm
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