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Cultural mapping

The Cultural Mapping Programme for the 14 provinces of Fiji begun in 2004 by the Fijian Government’s Institute for iTaukei Language and Culture. The main objectve of this intiative is
27 Mar 2014 09:42

The Cultural Mapping Programme for the 14 provinces of Fiji begun in 2004 by the Fijian Government’s Institute for iTaukei Language and Culture.
The main objectve of this intiative is to collect and document aspects of iTaukei culture such as ceremonies, dialects, and heritage sites which stories are well and alive in local villages. With the continual loss of one’s fervent grasp of the local cultural ideals and value, a team of reserachers is tasked with the important responsibility of documentation, editing and input of information into a database for future generations. The programme forsees the timely research of all the various vanua around Fiji before knowledgable elders pass away.
The Institute plays an important role as a resource centre for local and overseas researcher. The Institute’s services are used by government departments, private organisations, and researchers at all levels, ranging from primary school children to representatives of the vanua to university professors. The Institute has played an important role in the production of a number of documentary and promotional films, most notable the BBC Natural History Units “Nomads of the Wind” series on the history of man and the environment in the Pacific, which has been enjoyed by millions in Britain, Europe, and North America. It has also been involved with the University of the South Pacific in developing courses in iTaukei language studies closely with the Department of Culture and the Attorney-General’s Office in the drafting of the legislation.

Ministry of iTaukei Affairs




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