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Documentary on log drum pulling released

Documentary on log drum pulling released
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/2/2019 12:57:43 PM IST
“Shot Awake”, a documentary film on log drum pulling of Shajung Morung, Changlangshu Village, was released under the initiative of Changlangshu Students’ Union in Kohima on May 2.
Advisor of Information and Public Relations, SCERT, VG, Toshi Wungtung officially released the documentary at Hotel Japfü, Kohima. 
Speaking during the occasion, Wungtung said the Nagas have come a long way and survived through warfare, and the log drum has many stories behind it -- stories of warfare, ancient history, tradition, stories etc.
Nagas are conservational because they are deeply rooted to nature since time of their ancestors, he said. Pointing out that there has been change in the traditions and customs of the Nagas with modernisation, said as a token of symbolism the Nagas have been able to preserve more than half of their culture and heritage.
Speaking about a Morung, Wungtung said it was traditional Naga School. The Morung, he said, was not only a place for keeping log drums, but a place where knowledge was passed down through generations by orally.
He added that people sat in the Morungs and traditions were passed down to the younger generation. Metal smithing was also practiced in Morungs, which not only produced machetes to chop trees but the best weapons were also produced there, he added.
The advisor also appreciated the union for taking the initiative of documenting the practise to be used in future research and studies.
Also touching on Chroistian values, Wungtung added that some traditional customs and practices had been abandoned in favoure of Christian values, but preservation and conservation of some aspects of culture was needed so that Nagas retain their identity.
SCERT joint director, Moatemjen, also speaking at the launching, congratulated the village for carving a new log drum which he said was very important for Naga culture. 
The log drum stands as an emblem of unity, sacrifice and freedom, and a souvenir from the past, he said.
While appreciating the student union for taking the initiative of preserving traditional customs and practices of the Konyak tribe, the joint director added the documentary can be used as a useful tool for the future to preserve the unique Naga culture. 
He also said that the SCERT has introduced a series of local language subjects from class 1 to 8 recognizing the need to preserve local languages through the school curriculum.

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