In an effort to inculcate sense of responsibility and involve youngsters in working together to protect and preserve wondrous beauty and richness of Naga culture, INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) Nagaland Chapter, organized a one day Heritage education tour to Khonoma on October 17.
The young INTACH – Heritage Club members, teachers and organizers as well had a great day with Michel of Khonoma village as their guide for the day. Visiting members were briefed on political history, religious, customary practices and economy of Khonoma from centuries since, till date.
The lush greeneries and extensive terrace paddy fields surrounding the village, the quantum of benefits derived from stone crafts ranging from monuments, monoliths, sepulchers, walls and foot paths/staircases etc. in the village, with historical back grounds were of exquisite marvel and enlightenment for visitors. According to co- convener INTACH T.L Merry, the young INTACH Heritage members in particular as per village record were the first ever batch to have visited Khonoma. About half an hour bus ride on a bumpy road took the team to Tragopan Sanctuary on the upward-outskirts of Khonoma where Mithuns were seen in large flock and leeches swarmed the area.
10 Young Heritage Club members each; from Bethesda and Christina Memorial Higher Secondary Schools, one from Government Primary School and three teachers participated.