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Celebrating Identity Paramount

Fostering our identity, celebrating who we are, where we came from, creating bridges that link the present to the past and charting the pathways to the future is paramount. This
27 Oct 2016 11:00
Celebrating Identity Paramount
The Chairman of the Ba Provincial Council,Ratu Tevita Momoedonu with facilitators and participants at the Workshop on Developing Safeguarding Plans for Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Lautoka . Photo:Suniya Marayawa

Fostering our identity, celebrating who we are, where we came from, creating bridges that link the present to the past and charting the pathways to the future is paramount.

This was the message highlighted by Commissioner Western, Manasa Tagicakibau at the workshop on developing safeguarding plans for intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in Lautoka.

“ICH is the land, ICH is the ocean, ICH is the people and they are intertwined fostering our identity, celebrating who we are, where we came from, creating bridges that link the present to the past and charting the pathways to the future,” Mr Tagicakibau said.

“ICH in its simplest form refers to those living traditions and customary practices of various ethnic and cultural communities in the country.”

He also acknowledged the Government’s effort in encouraging ICH in communities.

“The Fijian Government in its endeavour to foster the appreciation and recognition of the living ICH of our diverse ethnic communities ratified the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of ICH in 2010,” he said.

“This capacity building process is measures introduced by UNESCO to assist state parties create awareness about the 2003 Convention including its implementation at the national level.”

This included the activity done by Ministry of iTaukei Affairs for indigenous people in Fiji to map every ICH of indigenous peoples in their villages and communities, he said.

The ICH is identified, captured, and recorded on video, tapes and digital camera songs, music, dance, stories, artefacts, and cultural spaces associated with every island, community and groups.

The one-week workshop was organised by the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts in cooperation with the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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