ITANAGAR, Feb 10: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on Saturday inaugurated the Nyishi Indigenous Art and Archive-Cum-Cultural Centre, situated in AB-Sector here.
Established by the Nyishi Nyidung Mwngjwng Rallung (NNMR), the center stands as a testament to the rich heritage of the Nyishi indigenous community, housing their art, traditions, and history.
Addressing the gathering, Mein stressed the importance of preserving indigenous culture amid modernization, advocating for a balanced approach between embracing modernity and honoring tradition.
He highlighted the enduring presence of indigenous culture in Arunachal Pradesh, showcasing how ancient traditions persist in contemporary society.
Mein commended the Indian Government, led by Prime Minister Modi, for its dedication to safeguarding ancient traditions across India's diverse states.
He also praised the Arunachal Pradesh Government for its commitment to preserving and promoting the state's cultural heritage.
Recognizing the crucial role of indigenous priests (Nyibu) in cultural preservation, Mein mentioned various schemes initiated by the state government to support this traditional institution.
He further lauded the NNMR for their collaborative efforts in establishing the cultural center. The inauguration ceremony was also attended by Minister of Cultural and Indigenous Affairs, Taba Tedir, state legislative assembly deputy speaker Tesam Pongte, Anini MLA Mopi Mihu, department of indigenous affairs secretary Pige Ligu and director Sokhep Kri among other dignitaries.