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Buchtar Tabuni Call for Prayer to Welcome Vanuatu’s New PM

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Bucthar Tabuni - Jubi

Bucthar Tabuni – Jubi

Jubi – The chairman of the National Parliament of West Papua (PNWP) and board member of United Liberation Committee for West Papua Movement (ULMWP) appealed to all members of the Regional Parliament (PRD) and the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) across Papua to pray and congratulate Vanuatu’s new prime minister, Sato Kilman.

“I appeal to the honorable, the leadership and members of the PRD 23 and 28 throughout the country KNPB West Papua to immediately take action by praying and congratulating Mr Kilman order to continue to maintain the position of Vanuatu to stand with the struggle for self-determination of the people of West Papua,” Buchtar Tabuni said on his personal Facebook wall on Tuesday (16/06/2015).

Tabuni also liked to thank Joe Natuman, Vanuatu’s former prime minister, who has helped facilitate the reunification of West Papua’s independence movement.

“To the former prime minister, Joe Natuman, we would like to thank you for your political stance that has helped to facilitate the unification of West Papua independence movement in West Papua last year and gave birth ULMWP Vanuatu and register it to the secretariat of MSG, so that the application is in the hands ULMWP current leadership MSGto be discussed at the summit in Honiara, Solomon Island in two coming weeks, “he wrote.

As reported previously by Jubi, Vanuatu has changed its prime minister in a move that will destabilize relations Pacific countries’ with Indonesia and West Papua.

Vanuatu Prime Minister, Joe Natuman has been overthrown by members of Parliament of Vanuatu on Thursday (11/06/2015) and replaced by Sato Kilman who was fired as foreign minister last week.

Three members of parliament turned from Natuman in order to overthrow the government.

This change could potentially affect on consideration of the leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) summit in the Solomon Islands June 18 later. In a summit of the leaders of the MSG will be discussed also the application filed by the people of West Papua through the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) Indonesia has gained observer status and wants to increase it to associate member. (Arnold Belau/ Tina)

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Papua Governor: No more conflicts in Puncak Jaya

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Illustration of Mulia City, Puncak Jaya Regency. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said Puncak Jaya District there should not be a stigma for Puncak Jaya District as a conflict area because it is not a killing field. In contrary, this area is safe and peaceful.

“I governed this region once, so I know what people want. For that reason, I ask the local government officials to be able to take care of the community so to avoid more conflicts,” told Enembe to reporters on Thursday (09/13/2018) at the Office of the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP).

Furthermore, the governor said to avoid conflicts between different tribes and groups; the government officials should not also act to represent their personal or group interests.

Separately, Papua Police Deputy Chief the Brigadier General Yakoubus Marjuki said that the police always try to use a subtle approach to solve conflicts in Papua.

“This is our commitment because we want every region in Papua to always be safe and peaceful including in Puncak Jaya.” (*)

 


Reporter: Roy Ratumakin

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura presents Tanah Merah Maritime Festival in November

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The coastal indigenous dance performed at the Tanah Merah Maritime Festival last year. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – the Local government of Jayapura District started a campaign introducing the Maritime Festival of Tanah Merah (FBTM) that will be held from 19 to 21 November 2018 in Entiyebo, Tablanusu Village, Depapre Sub-district.

FBFM, which held in 2014 for the first time, is part of the annual tourism agenda of the local government along with the Lake Sentani Festival.

The Acting Head of Culture and Tourism Office of Jayapura District Benyamin Yerisetouw said his office has campaigned about this event to some village heads and community leaders in the five coastal sub-districts within the district.

“Our target is, by 19 to 21 November, all communities can participate in this event, in particular, those from the coastal areas, as well as domestic and international tourists,” Yerisetouw explained when met in his office on Friday (9/14/2018).

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Indonesian Commerce of Chamber and Industry of Jayapura District Hengky Yoku said the economic development of the local community relies on its potential resources.

“This area has many activities which can promote the cultural history of the local community. When this comes in forms of festival or performance, there is an economic value that resulted from transactions of local community and visitors who attend the event.” (*)

 


Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Taparu in Kamoro socioculture

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Kamoro women when sorting out sago caterpillars. – Jubi / Doc

Mimika, Jubi – Each clan in Kamoro has ‘taparu’ or a specific location as a place to find food sources when they encircle rivers and mangroves in the lowland estuary of Mimika District.

A Dutch anthropologist J Power states ‘taparu’ is a local terminology emphasizing the relations of land and its inhabitants. “There are also the names of surrounding neighborhoods taken from the ancestral names,” as written in a book “Taparu Fratri of Mimika-Kamoro ethnic groups in Hiripau Village, East Mimika District, Mimika Regency”, by Dessy Pola Usmany et al. from the Ministry Education and Culture Directorate General of Culture Papua Cultural Value Conservation Center, 2013.

‘Taparu’ itself is more related to groups who inhabit within this region or surrounding environment as Kamoro people always encircle the river and sago forest for catching fish or gathering food. Everyone knows their own ‘taparu’.

‘Taparu’ in Kamoro language means the land, while Sempan people call it ‘se iwake’. If someone wants to mark the land he passes in gathering food, he solely adds the prefix ‘we’ such as tumamero-we and efato-we in Omawka village.

Similarly, people in Nawaripi village also do the same. Their areas are including Tumukamiro-we, Viriao-we, and Iwiri-we. All of these names reflect the relationship between the land and inhabitants.

Meanwhile, like the majority of Kamoro people, Ojibwa people believe in the power of their late patrilineal clan that depicted in the symbols of animals. The anthropologists call these symbols with totems which mean a belief that embodies a symbolic representation of society.

Unfortunately, today taparu also face the severest challenges of sedimentation due to tailings of mining activity that cause the silting of river and discolouration of Mollusca habitat in the estuary of Mimika District. (*)

 

Reporter: Dominggus Mampioper

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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