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Why Conserving Culture Vital, Says Academic

  Litiana Kuridrani says the physical appearance of an individual was not enough to construct or validate their racial identity. While speaking at the Miss Youth North Carnival in Labasa
07 Aug 2016 08:55
Why Conserving Culture Vital, Says Academic
Culture

 

Litiana Kuridrani says the physical appearance of an individual was not enough to construct or validate their racial identity.

While speaking at the Miss Youth North Carnival in Labasa on Friday, the Director of Centre for iTaukei, University of Fiji, Ms Kuridrani reiterated the importance of our culture in this respect.

“It is important that we continue to practise and conserve our culture,” Ms Kuridrani said.

“Our culture, our creative arts, if these things are gone and gone forever then you are just a Fijian in terms of physical presentation but a palagi in mindset and in practice.”

She said our culture was an integral part of our identity and its preservation was not an issue to be taken lightly.

The head of programme for nursing and associate Professor at the University of Fiji, Ms Kuridrani said these applied to all races in Fiji.

She said while it was good to understand other cultures, it was important that people not let their cultural practices dissolve along the way.

“For instance, people are mixing our cultural music with other kinds of music, and that is taking away what is about us,” Ms Kuridrani said.

She was blessed to be a part of a carnival that focused on youths and also encouraged the contestants to showcase their cultural identities.

“I was very touched when one of the contestants came to the stage with her family, and this is a reminder that we, the people of Pacifica are known for our extended families and the communality of our culture,” Ms Kuridrani said.

She is the mother of Brumbies and Wallabies rugby player, Tevita Kuridrani.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback: josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj

 



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