Elder artisan preserves Tay and Nung ethnic cultures

Cong Luan
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(VOVWORLD) - Culture researcher Hoang Hoa was the first person in Bac Kan province to be honored as a People’s Artist for preserving and promoting traditional culture. Hoa has conducted dozens of research projects and written hundreds of articles on the culture and belief of Tay and Nung ethnic people. 
Elder artisan preserves Tay and Nung ethnic cultures - ảnh 1 Culture researcher Hoang Hoa receives the title People’s Artist, April 19, 2019. (Photo: VOV) 

Hoang Hoa now lives in Phu Thong town, Bac Kan province. At the age of 89, he is still passionate about doing research on Tay and Nung cultures.

“The Tay and Nung ethnic people boast rich cultural values including worshipping rituals and Then singing. I even cried when translating their documents into Vietnamese,” said Hoa.

Hoang Hoa developed an interest in Tay and Nung cultures 60 years ago while working for an art troupe in Bac Kan province. His research includes folk songs, proverbs about love, wedding poems, funeral customs, and other rituals of the Tay and Nung people, as well as their festivals. Hoa is researching Slan Slanh temple where the Long Tong (Going to the Field) festival originated.

He has also written plays and poems in the Tay language, some of which have won first prize at the National Television Festival. Hoa spent nearly 2 years doing research on Tay and Nung wedding poems.

“Writing and doing research are indispensable in my life. Those cultural values are in danger of being forgotten, so I want to preserve them,” he said.

Poet Duong Khau Luong, Chairman of Bac Kan province’s Literature and Art Association, said Hoang Hoa’s research has greatly contributed to the cultural treasures of Tay and Nung ethnic people.

“The culture and traditions of the Tay and Nung ethnic people are starting to be lost. Hoa’s research is important for preserving the culture, and teaching the younger generations about their traditions,” Luong added.