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Villagers Handpicked For Exhibition By Programme

Villagers Handpicked For  Exhibition By Programme
Women of Nadroga with their handicrafts at the I- Yau ni Vanua and Slow Food Exhibition at the Albert Park Pavilion carpark on October 6, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.
October 07
11:00 2017

‘The whole idea is to reassert something that is already there as we move forward to try and revive the value of these skills,’ said SSEP co-ordinator Jone Sinavi


In an attempt to reassert traditional cooking practices and cultural artefacts, the Social Empowerment and Education Programme (SEEP) held its first exhibition focusing on iTaukei communities.

Villagers were handpicked to exhibit handicrafts and food practices, which were specialities of their districts.

SEEP co-ordinator Jone Sinavi said the two day event which opened on Thursday at Albert Park in Suva was a first of its kind in Fiji.

Previously similar exhibitions included participants from all ethnic groups in Fiji, however this time it was only for iTaukei communities.

“These villages have been handpicked for the exhibition as a platform to pilot this project with our partners; the iTaukei Affairs, Fiji Arts Council and the Soqosoqo Vakamarama,” Mr Sinavi said.

“The whole idea is to reassert something that is already there and as we move forward to try and revive the value of these skills. Not only to say that these i yau ni vanua have a place in the market but also that it signifies something deep.”

Mr Sinavi said the skills and techniques were valuable in that they were passed down through generations for thousands of years.

According to Director – iTaukei Institute of Language and Culture, Emi Bainimarama, the exhibition was referred to as the ‘slow food’ exhibition in contrast to the fast food that was commonly consumed today.

“The idea behind this is to get away from the fast food idea that we are used to and to display the traditional preparation of food which is something that they are known for, something that they want to revitalise and to them it is also the healthy way of living,” Ms Bainimarama said.

“The Ministry of iTaukei is mainly focusing on the traditional dances the meke groups and the vucu groups and we are hosting that at the Fiji Museum grounds.”

Mrs Bainimarama mentioned that the ministry plans to host the event in all four divisions.

“With the ministry, the plan is to have that and we will have it in all four divisions where the four commissioners are based and consultations are still currently on-going to have that in the four divisions rather than bringing everybody to one spot we will hold them in their various provinces.”

The two-day event was organised in collaboration with the Soqosoqo Vakamarama ni iTaukei.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika



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