16 DPGC students join heritage walk

KAMKI, Apr 25: History department of Donyi-Polo Govt. College (DPGC) here conducted a heritage walk, themed ‘Oral Tradition Project: Storytelling for Social Change’ at Rupin village in Kamba circle of West Siang district on Thursday.

The walk aimed at understanding role of storytelling in driving social change and to foster intergenerational sharing of knowledge on intangible cultural heritage through storytelling.

Total 16 students of VI semester (history major) who walked, coordinated by assistant professor Duli Ete, went to Rupin village residence of local Donyi-Polo priestess-cum-traditional healer Tumyir Sora Karga. The students were engaged in a storytelling session and insightful discussion with septuagenarian Karga. She shared her knowledge by narrating 11 folklores during a 90-minute session. She lauded the DPGC for taking keen interest in oral tradition.

Ete, while escorting the students around the village stressed  the importance of storytelling in preserving cultural heritage, according to a DPGC release.

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