Arunachal: Preserve Old-age heritage and Tribal Identity, says Techno Minister H Ngandam

Honchun Ngandam, RWD, Science and Technology Minister urged all sections of tribal society to work for preservation of their age-old cultural heritage and identity.

After inaugurating Paisah po-cum-Wancho po Museum here in Longding district, Ngandam said that time has come to work together for protection of tribal identity and preserve age-old cultural heritage.

This museum was used earlier as a centre for information and would henceforth display old activities as it showcases a lot of old items and wood craft, dresses and traditional items being used by the Wancho community which would  help the youth to know about the past, he said.

The Wancho tribe was known as head hunters but this practice was lost under the impact of modernity and technology. The vast tribal culture and diversity need to be preserved, he stated and sought support of one and all to maintain this institution.

Referring to one point memorandum submitted by the public seeking RCC protection wall to protect Chhaow (warfare sacred ritual platform), he stated that he has ordered officers to submit the DPR and proposal for further consideration.

DC Bani Lego termed the day important as the museum was dedicated to the people in his address and stated that it would be beneficial to the younger generation as antique and other items of the Wancho tribe would be showcased.

Former Minister and Chairman (state level vigilance & monitoring committee on food & Civil supply) Anok Wangsa, Chief of Phongchau Mewang Wangham,  ZPM Laitoh Wangsa, organizing committee chairman Kamhe Wangsa, local leader Natai Wangsa, PBC pastor Chemkai Joham, among others, also attended and spoke.

Several cultural performances, games and sports by teams from various circles were a special attraction of the day.