community identity

Re-seizing the Naga Narrative

Dr. Akum Longchari is the editor of The Morung Express and has been involved with people's movements in the areas of human rights, justice, peace, and reconciliation. He also engages actively with the Forum for Naga Reconciliation and is associated with the online community journal, the Naga Republic. 

The following is an excerpt from a conversation with Dr Rakhee Kalita Moral.

 

Indigo: the Center of ‘Locality’

Similar in many other places in the world, natural dyeing in Taiwan disappeared when the synthetic dye was widely distributed. Taiwan underwent fast modernization during the Japanese colonial period (1895-1945) that was also when Taiwanese indigo dye production and dyeing went down the lane. As a massive amount of Japanese machine-printed textiles entered the Taiwanese market, local dyeing workshops quickly shut down or turned into dealer shops of ready-made textiles. Since then, Taiwan indigo industry, once prevailing, now only existed in the memory of the elders.

 

The Keys of Heaven

The keys are a symbol of Leiden and are found everywhere. According to the information we gathered, these are the keys of Saint Peter. Like the coats of arms in Ghana that talks about the belief of the people and acts as a cultural symbol, the keys of Saint Peter have become a symbol that people identify themselves with. Saints Peter was the Patron Saint of the town, and the visibility of the keys, in public and community spaces, shows how important this key is to the people of Leiden as a tangible heritage acquired from the Bible days.

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