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89-Year-Old Revisits Museum After 20 Years

It has been more than 20 years since 89-year-old Akanisi Baleibatiki Saroniceva last visited the Fiji Museum in Suva. Yesterday, she was happy to be amongst the many people who
31 Jul 2016 08:12
89-Year-Old Revisits  Museum After 20 Years
Akanisi Baleibatik at the Fiji Museum Open Day yesterday. Photo PAULINI RATULAILAI.

It has been more than 20 years since 89-year-old Akanisi Baleibatiki Saroniceva last visited the Fiji Museum in Suva.

Yesterday, she was happy to be amongst the many people who were at the Fiji Museum Open Day despite the drizzling conditions.

Mrs Saroniceva, a retired nurse, said there had been a lot of changes to the museum since the last time she visited.

She said: “It has gone bigger and a lot more things have been added here.”

Mrs Saroniceva’s face lit up with excitement as she watched the traditional meke (dance) that were performed at the open day.

“I enjoyed the performances and watching all the exhibitions here,” she said.

When asked about her thoughts about the importance of culture and heritage, Mrs Saroniceva said: “In my opinion, God has blessed us with unique cultures. But we now live in unity; we share foods and other things.

“We are bonded with our similarities,” she said.

Fiji Museum acting director Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua said the open day which was usually held monthly was deferred after Tropical Cyclone Winston in February.

“This month is actually a time for us to reconvene our open days,” she said.

Adi Meretui said the main objective of the open day was to engage with the community in linking their heritage and culture.

“We are working with the Ministry of Education to get, especially the children, to come to the museum and engage in their heritage,” she said.

With the theme, Ceremonial Traditions – iTaukei Culture, the day was filled with activities like iTaukei traditional cooking, masi making, pottery and flower making demonstrations, art exhibitions, and traditional fire walking ceremony among other entertainment.



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