Kohima, Aug. 14 (EMN): A book titled “Dzüleke Phese Mu Kelhoudze”, which contained centuries-old stories spanning 13 generations of Dzüleke village, was officially released in the village on August 13.
The book, in the Tenyidi language, was an initiative of the Dzüleke Village Council and written by Letso Meyase, Bunyü Sophi, Meto Khate, Megotsolie Chase and Rokovotso Meyase and published by Pen Thrill Publication House.
90-year-old Vinyühu Meyase and 87-year-old Jieviu Sophi released the book in the presence of senior citizens and other personalities. The book was said to have been in the pipeline since 2010, but the project only took off in 2021.
“It took 532 days to complete the book, which involved meeting many people from Dzüleke, Khonoma, Kohima, Dimapur, Punglwa, Chümoukedima and interviewing about 18-20 people. Our other sources include primary and secondary sources , library and phone conversations, classroom lectures, unpublished materials,” Rokovotso Meyase said on behalf of the authors.
He added that the book contains centuries-old stories from 13 generations that have been acquired through the wisdom of the elderly.
“If we don’t document them now, we won’t have traces of our past and our history,” he added and affirmed on the need to preserve the history of the place.
PenThrill Publication editor Vishü Rita Krocha praised the Dzüleke Village Council for documenting the history and origin of the “magnificent” place of Tenyidie.
She expressed hope that the book would serve as a guide, especially for younger generations of Dzüleke, to learn more about their ancestors and reconnect them to their roots.
Translations, she added, “cannot fully capture the nuances conveyed in different languages, but perhaps translating this book into English would allow many more people to learn about the rich history of Dzüleke”.
Letso Meyase, pastor of the Dzüleke village church, gave the invocation, while Asa Meyase gave the welcome speech and a song was introduced by Kecakielie. Neisavi Hieme, President of Rüffüno Nagaland, conveyed the greetings, while the vote of thanks was delivered by Meto Khate and the prayer by Abino Terhüja.