Nagaland: ‘Leading Together Dialogues 2023’ culminates

Two-day international conference ‘Leading Together Dialogues 2023’ held at Tetso College, Chümoukedima culminated on November 29.

Two-day international conference ‘Leading Together Dialogues 2023’ held at Tetso College, Chümoukedima culminated on November 29.

Chümoukedima, November 29 (MExN): The two-day international conference ‘Leading Together Dialogues 2023’ - a collaboration between undergraduate students led by University of Melbourne and Tetso College (Nagaland), Stella Maris College (Chennai), Savitribai Phule Pune University, and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati campus culminated at Tetso College, Chümoukedima on November 29. 

An update from Tetso College stated that day-two began with a ‘short film & documentary screening’ hosted by Talinungsang, Asst Dean, School of Computer Science, IT & NIELIT, Tetso College at Lorin Hall with Kirsty McKellar, Co-ordinator, Leading Together Program, University of Melbourne as the Facilitator, Dr Lakshmi Priya Daniel, Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, Stella Maris College (Autonomous), Chennai and Dr Wichamdinbo Mataina, Asst Professor, Department of Linguistics, NEIIPA Convenor, Tetso College as Discussants.

The first documentary was presented by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Guwahati campus. The Video Harmony Legacy, is a short film that narrates the story of a young Indigenous girl named Nina and her wise grandmother. In a world confronted with environmental challenges, they convey a profound message about sustainability and living in harmony with the earth. 

The second documentary was presented by University of Melbourne. The video is a First Nations-led, student-centred programme in which a team of five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students of the Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development at the University of Melbourne in Australia, are on a journey together through experiences of First Nations’ exhibitions and collections, including expert conversations with First Nations Leaders on Indigenous knowledges, material culture, art and place. 

The third documentary was presented by Savitribai Phule Pune University. The video is an introduction and a short representation of the students from Arajpada who are beneficiaries of Nplusone/“Read A Story” a not for profit organization which focuses on education in the Talasri Taluka of Maharashtra. The fourth documentary was presented by Stella Maris College. This video portrays the challenges faced by indigenous people who migrate to the city for their livelihood and the poor condition of the Koovam River, where many local and migrated indigenous people reside nearby the highly polluted river. 

After the screening of films, three students from participant institutes presented their reflections of the documentary videos, followed by discussions by the faculty delegates.

The day’s event also included field visits to Heirloom Naga and the Bamboo Resource Center (Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency) where the students gained insights into sustainable farming practices, biodiversity conservation, and the significance of bamboo as a versatile and eco-friendly resource.

Meanwhile, a panel discussion on “Indigenous Heritage and Decolonization: The Naga Repatriation Journey” was held with panelists- Dr Phyobemo Ngully, Consultant Psychiatrist, Member of FNR, Member of Nagaland Medical Council, Chairman of Kohima Educational Society; Yimtiyong Longkumer, BA 5th Semester, Tetso College and Ahyule Keppen, BA 5th Semester, Tetso College. It was moderated by Manngai H Phom, member of Recover, Restore and Decolonize (RRaD).

The conference culminated with a cultural programme in the evening.