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Hekali stresses on traditional values
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Mar 27(NPN)
Published on 28 Mar. 2010 1:22 AM IST
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Mao Women Hoho, Dimapur (MWHD) on Saturday organized its 18th annual gathering cum cultural programme on the theme “Traditional Cultures: Women and Modern Times” with North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) director V. Hekali Zhimomi as chief guest.
Hekali speaking on the theme encouraged the women to take the responsibility of teaching the children about the knowledge of their own culture.
She said that as women, there were a lot of steps to ensure that children know their social and cultural responsibility in the constantly changing times.
As a first step Hekali said women should take the responsibility of teaching children their own dialect. She lamented on Nagamese being the most prevalent language in today’s culture and urged the women to spend time in teaching children their own dialect.
Hekali insisted on even teaching the pronunciation and meaning of words correctly as it would not only enrich the children’s mind but build their confidence.
Preparing how to cook traditional food and learning the recipes also played an important part in preserving one’s traditional culture, she said. Learning the traditional cuisines were not only about the ingredients Hekali said but also the meaning it holds behind the use of every ingredient.
She lamented that in today’s culture of living in big cities, most mothers took pride in not teaching basic life skills like cooking to their children and said it was the duty of parents to encourage children in safeguarding their own culture.
Stating that potential lied in our strengths and ethnic cuisine being one of the many strengths of the Nagas, encouraged the women folk to try and promote marketing of ethnic cuisines as well.
Hekali also insisted on strengthening traditional skills and art forms in the younger generation. Stating that it was the women who were held responsible for passing on traditions to the children, she urged all mothers to teach their daughters to weave and fathers to teach sons the work of their hands. She said teaching them such skills would bestow in them the important principle of dignity of labor.
Hekali also urged on teaching children about folk arts which would lead to a better understanding and respect for the various art forms which was rich in the Naga culture.
Laying importance on the vitality of traditional knowledge, she said that the older generation must make it their duty to make the children appreciate their art forms.
The director also emphasized on the need of passing on folk tales to children. Stating that folk tales were silenced in our morals, she persuaded on reviving the art of story telling as folktales were not only our past history but it also helped in forming a special bond between parents and children. Hekali urged the Mao women to uphold their culture and appreciated the community in organizing events that helped in reviving traditions which was losing value in the modern world. She stated that even though the Mao community was small, it was vibrant and encouraged the community to keep the traditions alive.
Some highlights of the session were songs presented by Chumukedima women from 5th mile and a solo by winner of Kids for Fame 2009 Ashuni Lirüna, folk dance and traditional attire show by the Mao women.

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