The evolutionary oral folk tales of the Wanchos, an indigenous tribe of Arunachal Pradesh, will be available as an animation film next year for the outside world. Wanchos are the indigenous community of Arunachal Pradesh.
Tara Douglas, a researcher and UK based animation film maker in her project, ‘Stories of Our Ancestors’ have documented the oral tales and traditions of the Wanchos so as to preserve and present to the world through animation, a strong form of visual media.
The Wanchos, with a population of nearly nearly 57,000, inhabit mostly in the Longding district bordering Myanmar. The entry of tourists to this area is restricted, given its sensitive geographical location.
Every tribal population in Arunachal Pradesh have fascinating stories that has been passed down from generation to generation.
The ‘Stories of our Ancestors’ is a project of the North Eastern Hill University based in Shillong, Meghalaya to research and document the oral storytelling traditions of the Wancho of Arunachal Pradesh and the Tangkhul community of Manipur. The North Eastern Council is funding the project and it seeks to prepare two animated short films.
The Wancho Story of the Gourd that Tara selected for the animation is an unusual mythical narrative that tells the story of how the first Wancho Chief was believed to have emerged from a gourd.
“Interestingly, through this poetic format the story also represents evolutionary history from an early primal space to then illuminate the relationship of environment and community; disputes over territory, the livelihood of hunter-gatherers, traditional agriculture and finally social order and village governance,” Tara said quoted Deccan Herald.