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The hazards to the Nago

Saturday, 31 May 2014 03:27 administrator


Kirk Huffman outlines hazards with greater Nagol tourism
Following his expressed concern at the dangers which increased tourism might present to the south Pentecost Land Dive, Daily Post asked the former Cultural Centre Curator, Kirk Huffman, to explain his worries in greater detail. Apart from tourist towns, Port Vila and Luganville, the other places listed for hydrographic survey were Wala (which receives cruise liners) and Pangi. Pangi on Bay Homo is the nearest port for the Nagol, the famous Pentecost ritual associated with the new yam harvest. Whilst Huffman is conscious of the advantages of such a survey to local shipping, his concern is that the Nagol is such a tourist attraction it may endanger the very continuance of the ritual itself. Huffman says:
'The recent proposed hydrographic survey of the Pangi/Baie Homo area in south Pentecost, although good in principle (e.g., good for local shipping) raises possible concerns that the big cruise boat companies may be envisaging regular trips to the area to see the Land Dive rituals and thus a further concern that they may think that this may possibly be something that could be promoted all-year-round. For those with a knowledge of south Pentecost culture and the ritual itself, this 'all-the-year-round' idea would be considered ludicrous and would be dismissed out of hand. However, neither big multi-national cruise ship companies nor, unfortunately, the majority of their passengers, are necessarily renowned, to put it mildly, for cultural sensitivity. For the former, making money is the primary concern.'
Kirk Huffman explained the particularly seasonal aspects of the Nagol:
'Land dive rituals in south Pentecost are restricted to a certain time of the year: this is not only because they are ancient sacred rituals tied to aspects of the yam cycle (and therefore dependant upon certain types of weather [eg rainfall] conditions leading up to the ritual period), but also because the time at which the rituals are done coincides with the time that the vines - if weather over the previous months has been of the right type - are in the correctly supple and not-easily breakable condition to tie around the divers' ankles. If the Land Dives, for whatever reason, are done out-of-season, there is a much higher risk of accidents, and even death.'
Kirk Huffman sincerely regretted the two Nagol fatalities, at the first of which this reporter was also present:
'John Mark Tabi was sadly killed in February 1974: February is much too early for a Land Dive ritual, but the Royal Yacht Britannia was visiting and south Pentecost was persuaded (against the advice of traditional chiefs) to put on a ritual for the Royal Visitors.
The late and much-lamented Hardy Ligo was sadly killed at Londot/Pangi on 5th April 2008, when a hurriedly-built and possibly improperly-constructed tower collapsed with him on it: the first week in April is also probably usually a bit too early for the ritual, but as a fly-in-fly-out film crew was due in, some say it was a 'hurried job' and proper safe traditional construction procedures for the tower may not have been followed.
Another concern is the availability of the divers' vines: you cannot 'buy them in the shops'; they have to grow and there has to be enough of them for all. If too many rituals are done 'for the tourist dollar', parts of south Pentecost may eventually run short of vines of the required thickness and length. Moreover, if too many such rituals are done, traditionalists will correctly see it as a 'prostitution' of the ritual thus possibly inviting the wrath of the ancestral spirits - something everyone who really knows Vanuatu wants to avoid!'
Huffman summed up his warning:
'Therefore, big cruise boat companies 'with a respect for culture - and for human life and safety' - need to tread/cruise very warily in Vanuatu to ensure that things are kept at a level that is sustainable, safe, and non-destructive. Such operators - and the National Tourism Office - should seek advice from the Vanuatu Cultural Centre so that things do not get 'out of hand', so to speak, in the future.
I am sure that the spirit of the late Chief Telkon Watas L(iv)usbangbang - who passed away in Bunlap, south Pentecost, in mid-January 2014 - will be very carefully scrutinising any developments!'
Daily Post 17 May 2014
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BA with double major 'Ilaisa Lin-mei Khoo Lafitani

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:08 Siosiua Lafitani
This is a poem for my daughter 'Ilaisa Linmei Khoo Lafitani's BA graduation,

'OLAKOLO 'Oku vavanga: Telafi 4

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Poem of 'Ilaisa Lafitani

Saturday, 03 May 2014 04:24 Siosiua Lafitani
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Fa'u 'e Hufanga Palofesa 'Okusitino Mahina
‘Oku tau ‘i he ta mo e va, pea ‘oku ‘a ta mo e va ‘a kitautolu. ‘Oku tuhu heni ‘a e ta mo e va ki natula.  ‘Oku ‘uhinga leva ia ‘oku ‘ikai lava ke tau hola mei he ta mo e va ka ‘oku tau ‘ulutukua kotoa pe ki ai, ‘o hange tofu pe ko e lau ‘a e kau saienisi fakasosiale ‘o pehe: “‘Oku nofo popula ‘a e fa’ahinga ‘o e tangata ‘i he fu’u pilisone ta’engata ko ia ko e sosaieti”.

Maui Kisikisi, Mei, Niu & Puataukanave

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:56 Siosiua Lafitani

BraedfruitdownloadMyth of Maui Kisikisi and mei, niu and puataukanave plants


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Nuama from Fonua and Maama

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The title Nuama was derived from the Moanan-Tongan words 'fonua'/land/fulfillment and 'maama'/earth/light. Both words are weltanschauung, worldwide view to life or philosophy of life. Their are several implications of such words regarding the ways Moanan-Tongan people in ancient sociieties perceived the meanings and purposes of life generally. There are five different meanings of fonua in Tongan culture, and four connotations for maama, interrelating in a given social condition within the normal scheme of things in space (va), time (ta) and the categories ('uketo'iangama'u).  



Logo & Motto of Nuama of Moana

"EVERYTHING EXISTS IN MAAMA AND FONUA AS A RESULT OF MAAMA AND FONUA."  Maama and fonua in the first part point to earth and land, and second part stands for light and fulfillment.


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