Tribal Museum

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Tribal Museum
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Sightsee737349
McLeod Ganj, India592 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
This beautiful museum showcases the wonderful tradition of the hills and its people must visit place for all
Written 27 April 2020
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Sourabh B
Pune, India55 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
Late Dr. Sher Singh Pangti has taken lot of efforts to build this private museum. Inside you see how the tribal people use to live, what clothing they were using, what they use to eat. On the other side the display has old music instruments, oldest bank notes from different countries, floating stone from Ram setu. One can appreciate the efforts taken by Dr. Pengti. Hats off to him. Don’t forget to ask how they lock and unlock the main door of the museum.
Written 28 April 2019
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HOMPRS
New Delhi, India489 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
No guide required. They play the sound behind and you need to follow it. The museum is well kept and has many antiques from past. Must visit if you love history and culture. Entry Rs.20/pp. You can buy locally hand made Angoora caps and sweaters from here at fixed price. Walking 1.5 kms from bus station.
Written 22 April 2019
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Binaifer B
Mumbai, India97 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Pls do visit this museum. It is a very small one, but well maintained and provides good history of this wonderful place.
Written 17 February 2019
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SumanSengupta
Mumbai, India49 contributions
Feb 2018
It's a private initiative by the late Mr.Pangtey about 20 years back which documents and preserves the now vanishing lifestyle of the Bhotiyas of the Munsiyari area who were traders between India and Tibet upto 1962. It includes implements , clothing and hookahs etc. Worth a visit!
Written 10 December 2018
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kousikgangopadhyay
Kolkata (Calcutta), India8 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
Nostalgia, heritage and culture is written all over the interiors of the museum. The commentary is very helpful in getting insights into the articles on display. I was overwhelmed by the rich heritage on display.
Written 13 November 2018
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Pahari
Mumbai1,447 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
It's a small place, lovingly put together to bring to you the lives and culture of the peoples of these mountains. A running commentary helps identify and understand the various exhibits on display. A small shop sells local crafts and there is a good collection of books written about this area.
Written 9 November 2018
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kcdebnath
Kolkata (Calcutta), India798 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
I had been in a trance during my short stay in Nanda Devi Temple, a sacred place in Munsiyari with the green bugiyal, the majestic view of the Pancha Chuli peaks, the forest & the total environment. After completing this visit our next destination was to a Tribal Museum, 2km away from the bus stand. We again entered into a world of the lost culture of the Bhotiyas or the Shoukayas which has already been extinct now a day. Circumstances forced them to change their lifestyles to semi-farmer & semi nomadic from a trader due to the Sino- Indian War of 1962 resulting in the closure of the salt route with Tibet .They are popularly called Bhotiyas, I think this preface is necessary while you will be visiting this museum.
Tribal Heritage Museum or is locally called Masterji's Museum, located in Nanasen village of Munsiyari, Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India. Who is this Masterji ? He is the Massab to the locals fondly .He is Dr. Sher Singh Pangtey, a Ph.D. on Bhotia Tribes in Johar Valley, was born on 1st Feb,1937 & died at the age of eighty on 24th October,2017. He was a native from the village, Milam, in Kumaon. He was himself a Bhotia. A man was in haunt to collect the traditional things of Bhotia people’s daily uses. He realized that the Bhutia’s culture is on extinct as they adopted the life styles of Kumauni Hindus to maintain their livelihood. They started to use plastic, stainless steel etc. Dr. Pangtey was the true guardian of the Bhotiya Tribe Heritage. He was the professor of history in Munsiyari Inter Collge. He founded this Museum by using a part of his ancestral house in 2000. I will suggest to afford due time to read, to view, to take a still photo of any item worthy to you only at an entry fee of Rs.10 only. You will be wondered to see the intricate wood work of his home. During his life time the curator of the museum, Dr. Pangtey narrated each & every item to the scholars & tourists visiting the museum. Now an audio system has been introduced to explain the items to the visitors. The idea struck him if a museum is established to showcase the items used by the Bhotias once & he started himself to collect the things door to door of the Bhotia family once used now thrown away, throughout UK , india. He realized that the Bhotias of present day are no longer in use of the things once used by them; neither have they resided in their original places. He felt it necessary to protect the lost culture by setting up a museum.
Let us have a look what you will discover in the museum. These include items like jewelry made of leopard nails, wooden wine bottles, cooking pots, stones inscribed with Buddhist sermons, coins, currency notes of many countries, saddlebag, hookahs which are now prized possessions of the Heritage Museum. Cooking utensils, utensils, ornaments, weapons, musical instruments, and vessels used to distill alcohol, spinning wheel, trade treaties before independence from China and Tibet, maps & local spices and local handicrafts. You can view one traditional Bhotiya wooden sewing machine. You will also view unique Tibetan brick tea, dried Himalayan flowers& herbs, traditional dresses, long round drums for fermentation. distillation & preserve wine. Different shapes & sizes of hookahs are also the show pieces which ware served to the guests .
The museum remains open 10.00am to 5.00pm You can shop also in the museum things like hand woven caps, shawls of pure wool, photographs, CDs of the festivals & fairs of Uttarakhand.
I wonder for his dedication, spirit, patriotic feeling for his own race
Written 5 October 2018
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RenuTr
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Aug 2018 • Couples
Visited Tribal Museum. A small Museum with diverse collection of tribal heritage culture and lifestyle. Another attraction is huge stock of photographs of peaks visible from Munsiyari. Myself bought one photo showing all peaks of Uttarakhand. Enjoyed to visit place.
Written 21 September 2018
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veenil
Rudrapur, India29 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
This place is must to get the insight of lives of Shauka tribes. Many journals, notes and books are available to know about Shauka people and the Johar valley. Their culture, food habits, clothes, artifacts old photographs dating decades back etc are available in the museum.
Written 22 August 2018
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