World Indigenous People’s Day celebrated

World Indigenous People’s Day celebrated
Abiogenesis performing at the celebration in Dimapur on Friday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Aug 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/9/2019 11:28:27 AM IST

Along with the rest of the world, Ao community of Dimapur celebrated “International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples”, at Elim Hall, DABA here on Friday.  

The programme was organised by Tir Yimyim, under the theme, “Indigenous languages”. 

Addressing the gathering, Language Officer, department of School Education,  Takowati, stated that as per state government’s recognition, 18 languages have been recognised, namely, Angami, Ao, Sumi, Lotha, Phom, Konyak, Chang, Sangtam, Khiamnuingian, Yimchungru, Pochury, Zeme, Liangmai, Kuki, Chokri (Chakesang), Kheza (Chakesang), Nethenyi (Rengma) and Nzonkhwe (Rengma). 

He said that the book titled, “Nagaland heritage studies” has been translated into all the recognised languages and has been taught till classes 8 in schools affiliated to Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE). He also said that Sumi, Lotha, Ao and Angami languages are being taught till higher secondary level. 

Regarding language textbooks, he stated that the book, “Nagaland heritage studies”, has been brought out by SCERT for class 8, having different stories and poems, and Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE), taking care of the books from classes 9 to 12. He further stated that negotiations and talks were going on at the government level to produce better textbooks.  He suggested that Ao Senden Literature Board and Ao language section can coordinate together for more productive reforms in the Ao language text books or books. 

Rev. C Walu walling, in his speech suggested setting up of an academy so that Ao language can be preserved and moreover, studied in depth. 

His view was that it will create employment platform for many youngsters, where they can be employed under research, archive, academic, audio visual, documentation of oral and written tradition, etc. 

He further stated that through this academy, many cultural and traditional stories, dances, and other historic and ethnic documentations, apart from what was available, can be extracted and shared with young minds. He said oral historic events or stories can also be stored for the future generations. He further encouraged the gathering to hold hands firmly to preserve the culture, tradition and mother tongue. 

Introduction on International day of World Indigenous people’s day was delivered by Editor, Tir Yimyim, K Temjen Jamir. He told the gathering that International day of World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to front up and protect rights of world’s indigenous population. He stated that this event also recognizes achievements and contributions that indigenous people contribute to improve world issues.  

It was first pronounced by general assembly of United Nations in December 1994, marking the day of the first meeting of the UN working group on indigenous populations of sub commission on promotion and protection of human rights, in 1982. 

Earlier, the programme chaired by sub editor, Tir Yimyim, Tinujungshi Tzudir began with an invocation by Rev. L Kari Longchar. 

Abiogenesis and I Anungba Sanglir also performed special numbers during the event.  An interactive session was also held initiated by associate pastor, DABA, Toshi Longkumer. 

SJC Dimapur: St. John College (SJC) Dimapur also celebrated the day by organising various activities. 

A release by the college stated that on the occasion, students wore traditional attire, or a modern fusion, to the college. It said unity in diversity was reflected amongst the college students acting as the custodians of their individual tradition, culture and heritage hailing from not only different tribes and parts of Nagaland but also other states.

In a brief programme, Kalika D. Swu of B.A 5th semester gave a brief introduction on the significance of the day while Wungstukiu of B.A 1st semester reflected on the experiences of the English department who recently conducted a field trip focusing on local indigenous languages.

Special prizes for the best dressed students (male and female) were won by Swagata Deb of B.Sc 1st  and Akatoli Assumi of B.A 1st semester (female category) and Hutoka and Daniel, both of B.A 1st semester (male category).

The event concluded with some words of encouragement  from the administrative head of the college, Peter J. Banks, who greeted the students in “Scottish Gaelic” before encouraging them to remember their roots and to make effort to preserve their indigenous languages.

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