PNG: Are We Preserving Our Culture?


Each day, many aspects of PNG culture are lost. The question to each of us is what are we doing to preserve our culture? We may never get back what we lose today. Journalist Scott Waide had a chat with Gary Juffa, one of the most outspoken leaders about PNG culture.

“Papua New Guinea loses aspects its culture daily…many practitioners of ancient cultures, dress, languages, customs, arts and crafts are dying too, taking along with them a rich history and knowledge of their environment, their past, their folklore….much of which are unrecorded…

Oro is trying to revive and preserve the many different ancient cultures….I commissioned the fashioning of these traditional war clubs and purchased several that I intend to use to decorate my home…spears, shields, slings have also been commissioned…to be displayed at the upcoming Oro Tapa Tattoo Festival planned for launching next month and intended to be an annual event promoting Oro culture in its purest traditional form…let us never forget our roots, so that we may know where we are, who we are and where we are going…a people in transition…”

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