LAKHIMPUR: Nawa Bihan Samaj (NBS), a prominent social organization of Lakhimpur district, observed the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples at its office premise at Kasipathar on Sunday. The programme was presided over by NBS president Simplius Dhanwar. Secretary Godfrey Hereh explained the objective of the programme and the event.
This year, the theme of the event is COVID-19 and indigenous people's resilience. A panel discussion on theme was organized on the occasion. The participants of the programme highlighted the difficulties caused by pandemic and the measures to overcome the adverse situation.
A symposium on the traditional knowledge of the Adivasi community was held on the occasion to highlight measures to fight the crisis. In the event, a 5-member convener committee led by Mintu Minzur, was constituted in order to document the food habits of the Adivasi people and their medicinal value. The committee will further meet and cover more members from different tribes of the Adivasi community. Nawa Bihan Samaj will oversee the whole documentation work and has decided to publish the findings at the earliest.
The people present in the programme were Lakhimpur unit All Adivasi Women Association of Assam president Lalita Topno and secretary Sangeeta Tete, along with other dignitaries.
KOKRAJHAR: Along with the rest of the world, the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples was celebrated in Kokrajhar in a befitting manner. Organized by the All Adivasi Students' Association of Assam (AASAA), a colourful cultural rally was held which started from Daolabari Tea Estate to Magurmari Tea Estate.
The president of AASAA, Stephen Lakra spoke on the importance of celebration of the day for the rights of the indigenous people. "The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is celebrated on August 9 each year to raise awareness and protect the rights of the indigenous population of the world. It focuses on the preservation and promotion of indigenous people's traditional knowledge and practices. This year's theme is COVID-19 and indigenous people's resilience," he said, adding that the indigenous people of the world should come forward to get their rights and privileges and should be aware of exploitation by advanced communities.
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