|In motion: A group of Cơ Tu women dance in a festival at Giàn Bí village in Đà Nẵng. The traditional Cultural Day of the Cơ Tu ethnic group will be held in the village on April 13-14. — VNS Photo Hoàng Long|
ĐÀ NẴNG — Communities of the Cơ Tu ethnic group living in the city and Quảng Nam province will host the traditional Cơ Tu Cultural Day in Giàn Bí village in the city’s Hòa Bắc commune on April 13-14.
|On guard: A man demonstrates cross-bow shooting. — Photo courtesy Rose Travel|
The village’s party secretary Đinh Văn Như told Việt Nam News the Cơ Tu communities from the villages of Tà Lang and Giàn Bí in Hòa Bắc commune; Phú Túc village in Hòa Phú commune, and
The event will run day and night with the tân tung da dá dance to express gratitude to heaven, the gong play of the Cơ Tu people, cross-bow shooting, stilt walking, tug-of-stick and tug-of-war and folk games at the Gươl (long communal house) in Giàn Bí village.
|Musical master: A Cơ Tu man plays the khèn, or panpipe, in a village of Cơ Tu people. — VNS Photo Công Thành|
Local artists will play the traditional musical instruments of Cơ Tu people such as Khèn, pan-pipe; tobheh, a monochord; aluot, a flute with square holes and bholua, a horn.
|Traditional taste: An old Cơ Tu woman cooks Cơm Lam, or rice cooked in a bamboo tube. — VNS Photo Công Thành|
Brocade weaving, crafts, fashion exhibition and cuisine—rice cooked in a bamboo tube and grilled pork and chicken, served with wild vegetables and bamboo shoots—will also be on display.
|Colourful: Brocade weaving is one the traditional crafts of Cơ Tu people. — VNS Photo Công Thành|
The two villages of Ta Lang and Gian Bi, with a population of 700 Cơ Tu residents, are slated to be developed as eco-tourism sites as they are located near the Ba Na- Núi Chúa Nature Reserve.
The city, in co-operation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has been supporting the Cơ Tu community in building a community-based tourism pilot project with the aim of reviving the traditional culture of the people. — VNS