Suhoi Jubilee Museum: Bringing the past alive

Suhoi Jubilee Museum: Bringing the past alive
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/20/2019 5:42:39 AM IST

 As part of the golden jubilee celebrations of Suhoi village on December 18, 2018 under the theme, “God with us”, a Jubilee Memorial building for church office which also houses the Jubilee museum, was inaugurated by Minister of PHE, Jacob Zhimomi. 

The museum displaying traditional Sumi artifacts was conceptualized by the Jubilee Planning Committee along with the support rendered by the villagers and church members. The Jubilee museum which has around 67 items collected from different sources, was opened for the public on the occasion.

Apart from inauguration of the Jubilee museum, Executive Secretary WSBAK, Rev Dr Hevukhu Achumi, who was the main speaker during the occasion, also unveiled and dedicated the Jubilee stone marking God’s faithful guidance of the people. Suhoi village was founded by Late Suhoi along with Phushiho, Nikishe and Nizheto in 1968.

The following are the artifacts in the museum and their brief description. 

AZUHEPU: This device is kept in the corner of the field near the tiny spring. When water is collected in the upper part of the hollow bamboo, it bends to pour away water and when it returns to its position, the bamboo at the other end hits the stone making a sound. This continues at regular intervals giving the impression that someone is around and thus warding off wild animals that come to destroy the fields. 
QHOQHOPU: A bamboo with two ends and a node in the middle is taken to make this instrument. The upper end is split from the middle, while the lower end is still intact and made hollow so that a grip is made. While gripping from the lower end, the upper end gets expanded and when released, it makes a ‘qhoqho’, sound hence the name. This way, birds are scared off during pre-harvest.
ASHOGHI: These are containers of different sizes made from bamboo to store grains and farm produces. 
HERUVU: A soft stick with a rope tied to other hand which is attached to two small wooden blades resembling a spear. When it is swung around above the head, it produces a ‘heruvu/hevüvü’ sound and scares the crow. 
AZUHU: This is a big bamboo with three nodes used to carry water from its source to the place of dwelling. 
The upper and middle nodes are made hollow while the node at the bottom is kept intact. 
ABOSHU: This item is used by the rich to pound grain and other farm produces.  In those days, rich people would often fell big tree trunk and make 3,5,7 holes according to their wealth.
APULO LIPA: Considered a luxury bed in those days, apulo lipa is chiseled out of a tree trunk and has four legs. 
BAMBOO ITEMS: Bamboos are used for making mugs to drink water and rice beer.  A big bamboo is split in the middle and used for feeding the dogs. 
AKHAU KUWA: Bamboos are bent after heating on fire and used for cleaning weeds. 
AWUKHUGHU: These are bamboo baskets for carrying cocks and hens. The smaller one is used for carrying eggs over long distances. 
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: Bamboo is also used to make musical instruments. A folk song or a sad song is sung slowly and melodiously as people retire for the night.
ASHISHUGHI: After feasting on a mithun, some bones are handpicked and sharpened this way. These sharpened bones are used by the men folk for making bamboo artifacts like baskets and other items. It is a useful instrument for those who know how to weave baskets.
ASAYEBO/AYEKULHBO: During war and while going to the field, this bamboo container is used to carry curry or meat. 
AWOFUKÜSÜ: Cane rope is used to prepare this trap which is kept in bushes where small animals and birds pass. 
AWUKUMTSUBO:  This container is made out of a big bamboo and is used for washing hands before having a meal. In most of the cases, the water remains in this container for weeks and is reused.
AMUGHO SÜQHO:  This traditional umbrella is used during the rainy season and worn while working in the field. 
TSUGHUTSA: A bamboo thread is made and rolled together to make a bird trap and is kept in all the passage of big birds. 
It is also worth mentioning here that the Museum Management Committee has informed those concerned that they will be glad to help and guide anyone if they are interested to research on the same in the coming days. 
Tokato K. Yeptho. PA to ES, WSBAK 

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