- Meghalaya Chief Minister expressed concerns over lack of human documentation and publication on the tribes of Northeast India
- Called upon the respective District Councils to uplift and uphold the cultures and traditions of the varied indigenous communities of the region
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Shillong, Oct 08, 2018:
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on Monday expressed concerns over the lack of documentations done on the tribes of the Northeast and their different cultural aspects while maintaining that “justice has not been done” to the tribes of the region.
“Apart from museums, we are lacking in human documentation of different cultural aspects of any of the tribes of Northeast India,” Conrad said while addressing the gathering during the launching of the Housing Pattern and Natural Resources Gallery at Don Bosco Museum here Mawlai Phudmuri in Shillong today.
The Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC) is a unique venture of the Salesians of Don Bosco in North East India to develop expert facilities for the preservation and promotion of numerous beautiful and diverse indigenous cultures of the region, of India in particular and in communion with indigenous cultures anywhere in the world.
While appreciating the Salesians-run museum for its initiative to bring the entire region under one roof, Conrad, however, said that there is more than what meets the eye. “There is so much more to the region than just natural resources, but sadly very less is known about its people,” he said.
The Chief Minister also stated that due importance should have been given to Art and Culture, but this sector has been ignored. “This is something which worries me. It is a simple concept but sometimes we forget to see and appreciate those small little things,” he added.
“You will see that Northeast is blessed with cultural diversity, cultural knowledge and history but sadly, these have never been documentation and very little is known about a particular tribe or community in the region,” he said.
Conrad also recalled his role as an MP from Tura informing that when he was a member of the Parliament, he had pushed and impressed upon the importance of human documentation adding that based on this, the Centre is coming with projects on cultural research in Garo Hills and history of Garos which will be under the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC).
Reminding the Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) of their roles to keep up the traditions, cultures, and values of different tribes, the Chief Minister felt that the ADCs should really look into all these aspects, of course, apart form the cultural laws that we have.