Group aims to preserve culture

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A GROUP from the Chambri Lakes of East Sepik is on a mission to preserve their culture.
The Sinasari Cultural Group consisting of over 10 members from Kirindit village arrived in Port Moresby this week to raise funds for the biannual Middle Sepik River Festival. The festival is set for Oct 28-30 at Yobun village also in the Chambri Lakes.
The group has been invited by the National Cultural Commission (NCC) to display their traditional songs and dances at a corporate fundraising dinner at the Laguna Hotel tonight.
According to group leader Pius Wapi the idea of preserving their culture was formed in 1992 when they noticed a slow decline in their cultural performances and traditional values.
“The purpose of the formation of the group is to keep our culture alive so that the new generation can pick up and maintain the traditions,” he said
Festival chairman Roy Sinde said when Chambri Lakes was nominated by NCC to host this year’s festival, they had to grasp the golden opportunity and make the most of it because of the dying culture.
“We have sought support from the Wosera-Gawi District Development Authority who came to our aid with K50,000,” he said.
The group’s efforts were further boosted yesterday when the NCC acting director Casper Damien gave K20,000 as part of the NCCs contribution.
Damien said the NCC’s role was to provide a sound and strong cultural programme to preserve, protect safeguard, develop and promote PNG’s diverse culture and arts. Tickets for the corporate dinner are selling at K3,500 per table for eight people. Proceeds will go towards hosting the festival.

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