Koraput: The International Day of World’s Indigenous People was observed in the department of Anthropology, Central University of Orissa (CUO) in Koraput today.
The observation began with the lighting of the lamp by special guests BK Srinivas and Meera Swain of the Department of Anthropology. A welcome song was performed by the girls of the department.
Speaking on the occasion, Rutuparna Mahapatra highlighted the development issues, feature, mythology of Bonda tribe along with their terminologies.
Saloni Panda spoke about the varieties of indigenous languages while Sukanya Nath focused on the preservation of indigenous languages.
Reeta Bisoi threw light on food taboos of Paraja community of Koraput and Manmeet Panda and Sujit Kumar Singh deliberated about the endangered situation of indigenous languages.
BK Srinivas deliberated on revitalization, preservation and conservation of indigenous languages. He highlighted language marketing and colonialism impact on it.
Meera Swain emphasised on language as the base of communication and described the present scenario of indigenous languages. Jayanta Kumar Nayak, HOD I/C began with a polite approach and put light on the Andamanese and spoke about the languages all over the world.
Describing the utility of indigenous languages, the department’s scholar Jokhan Sharma said that indigenous dialects can become a major tool through the medium of education in the development of indigenous people. Government effort is very much needed.