Cultural values of Tay Nguyen ethnic minorities preserved

Over recent years, the country has poured more than VND 24 billion into researching and preserving the Tay Nguyen epical collections. It has also infused nearly VND 1 billion into promoting the Tay Nguyen gong musical culture, asking the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation to recognise gongs as part of Tay Nguyen cultural heritage. Through these efforts, more than 500 Tay Nguyen epics have been collected and thousands of sets of gongs have been preserved.

In addition, the Ministry of Culture and Information has cooperated with Tay Nguyen provinces in preserving villages of ethnic minority groups, including the E De’s DeKTu Village in Kon Tum Town, Mang Yang District, Gia Lai Province, and the M’nong’s M’lieng Village in Dak Lieng Commune, Lak District, Dak Lak Province. Each village was provided with VND 100-140 million to preserve their traditional occupations, festivals, games, music and customs. The ministry said each festival held in the 2006-2010 period will be provided with VND 100 million.

Furthermore, the ministry will focus on preserving under-populated ethnic minority groups, including the Brau, with a population of 200, and the Ro Mum, 230.

(Vietnam New Agency)

Courtesy: Ba Tours

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