the museum man of munsyari

by:Runcheng Chuangzhan     2019-08-08
Towering snow
Anywhere you see in Munsiyari there are mountain peaks that climb bamboo peaches.
In this strange and sublime place that feels like the edge of the Earth, there is a delightful museum dedicated to a Himalayan society that no longer exists.
\"The artifacts in my museum were not found today at Bhotiya\'s house,\" said Sher Singh Pangti, who was post-80, who distributed tickets to a group of Bangladeshi tourists for £ 10 each
\"The younger generation is not aware of its cultural heritage and has not built an emotional connection with our roots.
So we lost our legacy as a real Bhotiya society.
\"BondsMunsiyari, located in Johar valley, Pithoragarh district, Utarakhand is home to the Bhotiya tribe (also known as Shaukas.
For centuries, they have traveled between the villages of monsiali and the Himalayas, exchanging grains, jaggery and mishri for salt, borax and wool from Tibet.
Trade has raised generations of the Bhotiya family.
\"Money is not involved;
It runs on the barter system.
This trade links Bhotiya with the Tibetan community to form a family, \"said Bhotiya himself, from Milam village.
However, with the border closed after India in 1962, trade suddenly endedChina War.
\"The death of trade has disrupted the economy.
Bhotiya people believe that there is no need for seasonal migration and they are looking for other means of making a living under the Himalayas.
The government informed Bhotiya that it was a scheduled tribe (ST)
\"In 1967, the community helped poor tribes achieve education and employment,\" Pangti added . \".
Several Indian administrative officers in hill state belong to the Bhotiya tribe.
It was then that Ponti began his journey to record, record and archive the history of the community.
At that time, he was a history professor at a government college in monsiari.
He went to 14 upper floors.
Walk to the Himalayan immigrant village in the Johor Valley and collect items that will be on display at the Munsiyari tribal heritage museum.
\"I have collected everything that people are dealing --
Wooden wine bottles, cooking pots, Tibetan ghee tea, bags made of yak hide, jewelry made of leopards and bear nails, and musk deer teeth, wood pens and inks made of natural dyes, wool clothes, herbs, handmade paper, musical instruments and stones engraved with Buddhist sermons.
They threw everything out of the house.
Everything about our culture.
The Bhotiya people slowly absorbed the traditions and language of Kumaoni Hindus.
\"The Ponty Museum also has hookah bags of different shapes and sizes available to guests along with homemade wines.
The development of the road to Munsiyari in the 1960 th century also affected Johari culture, feels ti.
\"With cars, roads have brought a lot of major changes to the way communities live.
\"Old New Light\" by that time, feriwalas also came over from the plain, knocking on every Bhotiya door and replacing it with steel appliances with wooden ones
Plastic after steel.
Today, in the kitchen of Bhotiya, everything is made of plastic or steel.
Even the traditional long wooden boat with brass design is replaced by a plastic brewing pot.
It\'s already noon.
The museum\'s large wooden window can see the magnificent scenery of bamboo peaches emerging from the clouds.
The museum now looks more like a Kumaoni house with complex wood products.
Kumaon\'s native architecture is known for its design of flowers, birds and the image of God.
These gorgeous wooden doors and windows are also brought from high-altitude villages, says Ponty.
Many old houses collapsed.
Bushes and shrubs occupy their land.
\"The artisans of Almora are famous for their wood carvings. The more well-to-
Bhotiya will be ek anna (25 paisa);
It will take a few months for the woodcutter to cut a piece of wood into life with a floral pattern.
\"Some tourists asked him to show them clever traditional door lock technology without locks, keys or bolts.
Pagti obliges: With the help of a sickle, fix the two parts of the wooden door with a long piece of wood.
\"Each house has its own sickle and Lock Wood shape,\" he said . \".
But people at the kumane Museum are worried about its future.
The Ponti Museum receives a grant every two years from the northern cultural sector.
\"But no department official has visited the museum.
The writer is a freelance journalist who is the happiest in the mountains.
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