Functioning under the theme “helping Nagas at home and around the world”, the Overseas Naga Association (ONA) has its stall opened at the Bamboo Pavillion at Kisama as a part of the Hornbill Festival. During his visit, chief minister Neiphiu Rio released a book entitled “ A Terrible Matriarchy” authored by Easterine Iralu and a music album “How Many Stories Do You Read on My face” by Senti Toy.
Author of “A Terrible Matriarchy” and an overseas Naga, Easterine Iralu shared that the book was about understructure of matriarchy in the Naga society where older women suppress the young women. She said that “A Terrible Matriarchy” was a social chronicle of Naga society set in Kohima during the 1960’s and told through the eyes of a five year old girl. She added that the book talks about social problems, clash of modernity and tradition, problems of alcoholism and brutalization as a direct consequence of the political conflict with India.
“A Terrible Matriarchy” was published in 2007 by Zubaan (New Delhi). It had been translated in Norwagian and its German translation would be out in 2010. The book is on sale for the first time in Nagaland and is rated at Rs.300.
An overseas Naga, Senti Toy released her album “How Many Stories Do You Read on My face?” in 2007. The album is a combined jazz fluidity with folk stylings.
Items from overseas such as clothes, books authored by overseas Nagas, and aboriginal paintings from Australia are on sale at the ONA stall in Kisama.