British High Commissioner Keith Scott (right) presenting equipment for
the True Echoes project to the director of the Institute of Papua New Guinea
Studies Prof Don Niles.
– Picture courtesy of GEDISA JACOB
RESEARCHERS in Papua New Guinea will be able to listen to some of the earliest sound recordings made in the country dating back as far as 1898 with equipment donated by the British High Commission.
The Institute of PNG Studies received the new equipment which would enable them to play historic recordings.
British High Commissioner Keith Scott last month presented the equipment which would be used for the True Echoes project.
According to the institute, some of the earliest recordings from PNG were recorded by British researchers between 1898 and 1918.
Institute of PNG Studies is a cultural research institute under the National Cultural Commission and the ministry for tourism, arts, and culture.
It focuses its activities on music, dance, and oral history.
The institute undertakes research and documentation on these subjects, maintains extensive archives of such materials, and attempts to share the results of such research through publications.
Institute director Prof Don Niles said through the upcoming work by local researchers with relevant communities, the project True Echoes hoped to reconnect these invaluable recordings with the people.