Larry J. Fontana
Before “civilizing contact” was introduced through British colonization the Naga lived according to a traditional cultural style. Their beliefs, customs, opinions and values were passed down through many generations of ancestors using an oral tradition, word of mouth. The stressing of the written word and literature from the British challenged and ultimately changed the Naga’s traditional way of life (Naga, 2011.)
The Naga had a high regard for the past and teaching through the example, knowledge and observation gained through their ancestors over time. They were taught that the past must be respected and preserved and that all things ultimately stem from the past. They lived by acquiring property, crafting things, teaching and storytelling. As many cultures, they would love, fight, hate, wonder and wander; their hopes and fears existed since the earliest days of their society.
Although modern technology, such as radio, television and the Internet offer great benefits through the creation and presentation of art, music and movies, they are often compared, motivated and appreciated through technical accuracy, financial value and mass appeal, rather than the simple experience of raw and awkward expression. It would serve the creators of modern-day art forms to remain connected to history and nature, touching and smelling the dirt, feeling the wind and rain on their face and creating art, music, stories and cultural folklore in respectful cooperation with earth’s elementals, gifts and mysteries; as the traditional and ancient people understood and practiced so well.
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