Mini-Hornbill: NGTC resents non-inclusion of Wangala

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Dimapur, May 14: The Nagaland Garo Tribal Council (NGTC) has welcomed the decision of Nagaland Government to hold a mini-Hornbill festival in all the districts and sub-division coinciding with the respective tribal festivals of the tribes of Nagaland. However, the union expressed displeasure and resentment for not including the “Wangala”, a post harvest festival of the Garo in Dimapur district which falls on November 21.
In a release, NGTC said the Garo tribe being one of the recognised indigenous tribe has five recognised villages concentrated in the district of Dimapur since times immemorial. “We have been a part of the main Hornbill festival since many years showcasing and presenting our culture and traditions with all the tribes of Nagaland. It is worth mentioning that we have a “Garo Nokpante” traditional Morung at Kisama, Naga Heritage village, a privilege strictly bestowed only to the recognised tribes of Nagaland,” it said.
Stating that the non-inclusion of the Wangala festival has left the Garos dismayed and deprived, the release informed that the union along with the Garo Students’ Union Nagaland Zone (GSUNZ) met Governor PB Acharya at Raj Bhavan, Kohima on May 11 and submitted a memorandum regarding this matter and other grievances of the Garos of Nagaland.
(Page News Service)