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S P N H


Society for the
Preservation and Promotion
of Naga Heritage


INTRODUCTION



The SPNH – this is a newly established charitable society which is religiously and politically independent and has its seat in Frankfurt / Main, Germany. Its aim is the support of ethnic groups from the Northeast Indian cultural realm and adjacent regions, especially those groups summarised under the umbrella term "Naga”.

Among these ethnic groups a great cultural heritage only partially known to the Western world has been preserved which, however, is endangered because of long political upheavals in the region and impoverishment of the people caused by corruption.

For these people, as is common for all peoples of the world, their cultural heritage means their identity. They are proud of it and have requested our support in their endeavours to preserve their culture.

The SPNH aims at studying the remains of this heritage for the first time ever and to support it in selected projects. By this it intends to contribute to the improvement of people’s circumstances of life in an integrative way, aided by social projects in the medical field.

The background of the foundation of the SPNH are the travels and experiences of Dr. Aglaja Stirn and Peter van Ham in the Northeast Indian cultural realm, which they have documented in various international book publications and in which the Naga themselves have expressed their request for support.

The SPNH is an international society. Its idea was born in Nagaland / India, its members hail from Germany, Great Britain, USA, Myanmar, Japan, India and South Africa. Through registration with the register of societies, Frankfurt, donations made in its name are 100% tax-deductible. The society may issue donation receipts.


The Cultural Heritage supported by the SPNH

The cultural heritage of the ethnic groups of Northeast India consists among else of architecture, wood-carving, pottery, weaving, dress, body decoration such as tattoos, ornamentation and jewellery, cane-work and metal-work as well as music (song, dance, instrument-building and playing techniques) and oral traditions (story-telling, legends, migration stories, tales, poems etc.). In addition, linguistic studies and the preservation of indigenous languages in both written and oral form will form part of the scope of above.

The society intends to promote and strengthen ties with traditional, religious and secular administrative structures within the Naga region, and to work closely with such bodies in order to preserve and heighten aspects of cultural identity and solidarity. Through support of such matters it is intended to maintain and amplify the unique identity of the Naga groups and to instil pride in maintaining such without curtailing their development in other spheres.







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