Kohima | November 3 | Creating more opportunities in the tourism sector for farmers, entrepreneurs, and young educated people alike, Nagaland’s first travel social enterprise (www.wandernagaland.com) is launching on Monday, November 4, 2019.
An initiative of Kevisato Sanyü, who earlier this year founded Naga Homestay (www.nagahomestay.com), Wander Nagaland is aimed at bringing the people world over, who want to see and experience Naga culture. This is in line with its vision to create a means for everyday Nagas to generate a livelihood by sharing their cultural and natural heritage. Towards this end, Wander Nagaland also works with a council of elders to protect and retain cultural authenticity during a period of rapid globalization.
Putting across that the Nagas and the world have met only recently, Niketu Iralu, an Elder at Wander Nagaland states, “The Nagas and the world have met only recently. You will learn this from their history. Enjoy their friendliness and their hospitality. They are watching you coming from distant lands to see them and how they live.”
For Dr Visakhonu Hibo, Advisory Council Member at Wander Nagaland, “The millennial generation of Nagaland are innovative, enthusiastic, articulate and media savvy” which is why “Wander Nagaland can be their pathway to share, earn and showcase the rich tapestry of Naga culture to the world beyond.”
Kevisato Sanyü, who firmly believes that tourism is a great way for Nagas to generate livelihoods, says that “If anyone has skills they want to share, if they host a cooking class, or teach a traditional dance, or show travellers around their town or village, we want them to contact us. Call us, email us or visit our office. We will get them registered so they can generate a livelihood from their talents.”
The enterprise, which offers transportation, tours, experiences and accommodation, serves as a one-stop shop for tourism in Nagaland where travellers can get the most out of their visit during Hornbill Festival this December.
This experience based tourism will offer the opportunity to people from all walks of life in Nagaland regardless of their background to exhibit or impart their skills to visitors such as cooking a traditional meal, weaving, storytelling, singing etc. wherein they will be able to generate income of their own.
Giving emphasis on experience based tourism, Kevisato Sanyü states that the world is now looking for authentic experiences and especially people in the western world.
Putting forward its deep value and respect for the unique and local qualities of each of the Naga tribes, down to the particular features of villages, khels, and clans, the Wander Nagaland website upholds that “wherever we may be, Nagas still identify ourselves with our ancestral villages and strive to live by our twin cultural values of social responsibility and respect for one another as human beings. We hope that travellers embrace these values as they travel through our lands.”