SHILLONG, Oct 08: Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC)/ Don Bosco Museum reached another milestone as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad K. Sangma inaugurated the latest gallery, “The Natural Resources and Housing Patterns” here on Monday.
Addressing the gathering, Conrad lamented that very little of the rich and diverse cultural aspects of the North East is documented. “We should not forget our roots, who we are, where we come from and our origins,” he said.
The Chief Minister said that a cultural Centre like Don Bosco Museum is a fitting platform to revive, preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of indigenous communities and to teach the younger generation to appreciate their identity. He exhorted everyone present to uphold one’s own cultural heritage and be proud of it while mutually respecting the other.
He also exhorted DBCIC to give greater emphasis to research, publication and documentation of the various tribes of the region.
The gallery displays the assorted housing patterns of the eight North Eastern States and the natural resources found in the region. Rev. Fr. Paul Olphindro SDB, the Salesian Provincial of Shillong, blessed the gallery.
A large number of dignitaries and invitees were present on the occasion such as North Tura MLA, Thomas A. Sangma besides others.
Dr. (Fr.) Manoj C. Abraham, Director DBCIC, in his welcome speech said, “The museum focuses on the preservation and promotion of cultures of the various indigenous communities of North East India. As Don Bosco Museum stands as a point of arrival for many visitors from India and abroad, there is a need for constant progress, development and updating with further information. In this context, the new gallery serves as an additional reservoir of information and knowledge.”
“Greater effort will be made to make DBCIC a hub of learning and sharing of knowledge, availing opportunities to all visitors to know the diverse cultures and lifestyle of the North East under one roof,” he added while expressing his hope that the centre will serve its intended purpose.
The innovative presentation and display of the new gallery will certainly attract more explorers not only to Don Bosco Museum located in Shillong City but to the entire North Eastern States.