Int’l workshop on cultural resource mgmt underway

RONO HILLS, May 18: Students and faculty members from Rajiv Gandhi University’s (RGU) Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies (AITS) and the University of South Florida (USA)’s School of Social Work are participating in an international workshop and field training programme on cultural resource management which began here on Thursday and will conclude in Lower Dibang Valley HQ Roing on 25 May.
The workshop is organized by the AITS, in collaboration with the University of South Florida, and RIWATCH, Roing, as part of the ongoing ‘Indo-US 21st Century Knowledge Initiative’ awarded by the United Nations India Education Foundation, New Delhi.
The participating faculty members and experts from the RIWATCH will present papers on topics such as ‘History of indigenous communities’, ‘Folklores and indigenous communities’, ‘Language as a cultural resource’, ‘Social work with indigenous communities’, and ‘Suicide as an underestimated mental health issue among the Idu Mishmi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh’.
The field training will be held in Roing from 20 to 25 May. The participants will be trained in fieldwork methodology and documentation, and will interact with various community organizations and elders.