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2 Naga authors win 2021 Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature

Kohima: Two authors Naga — Veio Pou for the work “Waiting for the Dust to Settle” and the work of Wangto Chingmak “The Chang Nagas – In memory of our unconquered ancestors” – received the Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature (GGPNL ) 2021 in fiction and non-fiction category respectively, presented by the Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio during a ceremony held Tuesday in Kohima.

The winners each received a prize of Rs 1,000,000 as well as a citation.

The award is organized by the Kohima Educational Society (KES), the Nagaland counterpart of the Kohima Educational Trust (KET).

In accepting the award, Pou said that as “knowledge keepers” and “idea givers” of Naga society, they held a huge responsibility in society. Citing the need to balance the oral and written art of storytelling, he envisioned an education system that can integrate the two values ​​for the advancement of human consciousness.

Nagaland CM presenting the award to Wangto Chingmak for his book on the Chang Naga tribe

Chingmak recounted how he wrote the non-fiction about the Chang Naga tribe as there was not a single book about the tribe. The church leader said that through the book he hoped to encourage educated youth in the community to continue writing. He stressed the need to document history and current events, passing the legacy on to the next generation.

Hailing KES for the recognition and promotion of Naga literature, CM Rio said that since Nagaland is a young state in terms of education, the society has a long way to go.

He hoped that the partnership and friendship between UK and Nagaland maintained by KES should grow even further to a higher level, in addition to continuing support for young writers.

Ensuring the support of the state government, he suggested that a discussion be formally initiated to formulate a roadmap by the following fiscal year.

He stressed the need for local writers and researchers to document oral history, as the telling of the same story could change from generation to generation without written records. “We have to be convinced and tell our true story so that the younger generation knows who we are,” he added.

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