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First competition for Bird of Paradise imitation in Papua

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competition of bird of paradise imitation in Jayapura – Jubi/Sindung

Jayapura, Jubi – In order to prevent the Bird of Paradise (Cenderawasih) become extinct from the Papua land, Papua Provincial Government on Monday (August 14) held a competition of cendrawasih bird imitation.

The competition held at Gedung Kesenian Papua (DKP) in IMBI, Jayapura City as a follow-up of the Papua Governor’s circulation related to prohibition of native birds to be made as souvenirs.

The expert staff of Papua Governor, Anie Rumbiak, supports the circular of Papua Governor to ban the use of Cenderawasih birds. This competition was followed by craftsmen/women, artists and artisans of the imitation bird under the auspices of Papuan Art Council,

“Regulations on the prohibition of cenderawasih birds to be souvenirs are still being discussed at the Legal Bureau, and if it is official, it will be the legal umbrella for all parties that cenderawasih birds must be protected. We want all stakeholders to give positive feedback to build Papua. Recommendations from artists and craftsmen,” Ani told Jubi.

Meanwhile, Nomensen Mambraku, a Papuan artist said the government should have a firm and complete regulation not only to protect the birds, but also nature and Papuan people.

“Sadly most of the officials have yet understood the dignity of indigenous Papuan, including the importance to protectcCenderawasih birds and Papuan art,” he said.

He also hopes that all stakeholders will not use a real bird of paradise as souvenir anymore.

“To give Cenderawasih birds to other people is a mistake. The bird belongs to a custom or warlord of the tribe and it belongs to Papuan. So not everyone can get the bird of paradise,” he said.

The competition of bird cenderawasih imitation is followed by 28 craftspeople. Six winners are awarded trophies and coaching money.

“Fredika Rumkorem, Daniel Kulisman, Herlina Rumkorem become the first to the third winner of the cute gypsum imitation competition,” said Saut Marpaung, Secretary of Jury Council. (*)

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Native languages of Jayapura Municipality threatened with extinction

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Jayapura, Jubi – Some local or native languages in Jayapura Municipality threaten to be extinct if not immediately protected.

“There are many native Papuan languages in Tanah Tabi (Jayapura Municipality), namely Sentani, Nafri, Tobati Enggros, Kayu Pulo and Skouw languages. In general, except for Sentani language, the sustainability of these languages is quite apprehensive,” said Suharyanto, a senior researcher from the Indonesian Language Center of Papua and West Papua on Friday (05/10/2018) in Jayapura City.

Moreover, he said the Indonesian Language Center for Papua and West Papua Area had research on Nafri and Tobati Enggross languages in Jayapura Municipality in 2003 and 2004.

“In the case of Nafri language, if there is no serious action taken by speakers and the state, it is estimated that in the next three generations this language would become extinct. It is similar for Tobati Enggros and Kayu Pulo languages,” he said.

Meanwhile, regarding Kayu Pulo language, although it has not been studied yet, but based on the proximity of the place and the number of speakers, it can be concluded also be threatened with extinction.

The endangered of these three regional languages, he continued, is related to the decline in the number of speakers, its locations, the use of language and people’s assimilation.

Furthermore, Suharyanto said a solution to protect the native languages in Tanah Tabi is to include it in some learning materials in schools. “The municipal government has initiated an effort to protect the local languages by preparing the local content teaching materials or books to be taught at the elementary schools,” he said.  (*)

Source: Antara

Editor: Pipit Maizier

 

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Sago Festival, an effort to revitalize local Papuan food

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The imported and convenient food has considered ‘colonizing’ the local food in Papua gradually due to some reasons including transportation and migration.

Easy access of transportation and migration has accelerated the disappearance of the local food such as papeda (Papuan traditional food made from sago), sweet potatoes, taro, red fruit (pandanus) and so on.

Papua Jungle Chef Coordinator Charles Toto told reporters in Jayapura, Tuesday, October 2, 2018, that in the Oceania Parliament session, he proposed a forum to restore the glory of local Papuan food.

“We consider throwing back the local food through the traditional food festival such as ‘eating papeda served in ‘sempe’ as well as other local food festivals,” said Toto.

Furthermore, he said there is a significant change in the local food consumption among the indigenous Papuans. Therefore, the government must take serious attention to this situation.

For example, record some traditional recipes from the elderly. In that way, their grandchildren can learn, know and practice it in their daily lives. Also, the raw ingredients in nature must not remove.

“We explore the traditional recipes that currently become extinct from our parents and try to preserve it,” he said. Moreover, he said,” It is to show the richness of local Papuan food to the international community.”

Toto, who had just attended the Slow Food Festival in Milan, Italy, continued that people abroad were surprised and admired the recipes for the local Papuan food. However, ironically, he said, whether, in Papua or Indonesia, it becomes less popular.

“Papua jungle chef presents our recipes in that event, and also show the identity of Papuan indigenous people,” he said.

“We showed them that we maintain this traditional food, we fight for it and live with it. We want to show to the world that the indigenous Papuans is capable for doing this,” added Toto.

Meanwhile, the Sago Activist Community of Papua is also actively conducting sago festivals in many villages involving the local community.  Sago festival consider valuable as an effort to save the sago forests and local spices.

A few days ago a sago festival conducted in Kampung Abar, Ebungfauw sub-district, Jayapura District. The festival will regularly hold every 30 September since 2017. In this festival, sago serves in ‘sempe’, a local name for special pottery for serving ‘papeda’.  If in the previous year, it only served 50 sempe, but this time it had at least 150 sempe.

“We are very committed because most sago areas in Indonesia are in Jayapura, Papua, as well as its varieties. Also, Papuans have religious and cultural relations with sago,” said Marshall Suebu, the Coordinator of Sago Activist Community of Papua.

According to Suebu, sago is essential in the culture of the indigenous Papuans, especially those who live in the coastal areas. These local communities have even known this plant and processed it for their daily food many years ago.

Thus, the community that is led by Suebu hopes that Papua Provincial Government will support their activities. He already met some ondoafi (local name for a tribal chief) in Jayapura District to discuss sago and its future conservation.

“(Ondoafi) they welcome us very well,” Suebu said. Moreover, he said they support the proposal by providing lands for sago cultivation.

“In Toware village, they provide 15 hectares for us, while in Evale village, there are 25 hectares. Meanwhile, Abar village has already provided 20 hectares of sago land,” said Suebu.

Currently, Papua Provincial Government has attempted to cultivate sago through the ‘sago movement’ in which every woman has been encouraged to plant at least ten sago trees. Sago is also regarded as a potential commodity and an alternative food for rice. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Rp 900 million for Mummy conservation in Baliem Valley

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Wamena, Jubi -Office of Tourism and Culture, Jayawijaya District had
budgeted Rp 900 million for mummy conservation that will be conducted
at several points in local area. The funds are used to purchase tools
and chemicals that all must be imported from outside Papua.

“The source of Rp 900 million funds are from Special Autonomy scheme
that we use, the tools and wire and other chemicals needed must be
imported from Surabaya,” said Head of Tourism and Culture of
Jayawijaya Regency, Alpius Wetipo, Wednesday (November 1)

According to him, experts who conserve mummies in Jayawijaya have
entered the final stage, they are referring from the existing data and
discussions with residents in the location of Mummy.

“Mummy damage is caused by rat bites and livestock and lack of care by
local residents,” Wetipo said.

Conservation activities including maintenance and protection have been
carried out at four places including Aikima, Araboda, Yiwika and Pumo.

Regent of Jayawijaya, Wempi Wetipo acknowledged that mummy is part of
the tourism sector importance in Jayawijaya which became the domestic
and foreign tourist attraction.(tabloidjubi.com/Zely)

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