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Tata Va Sabeto Dictionary Launched

In a bid to preserve the Sabeto dialect in this modern world, a dictionary officially registers over 1500 words has been launched. US Peace Corps country director Fiji, Dennis McMahon,
09 Nov 2016 10:47
Tata Va Sabeto Dictionary Launched
US Peace Corps country director Fiji Dennis McMahon (with garland) and the Publishers and children of Sabeto with the TatavaSabeto dictionary at Sabeto village in Nadi last Monday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

In a bid to preserve the Sabeto dialect in this modern world, a dictionary officially registers over 1500 words has been launched.

US Peace Corps country director Fiji, Dennis McMahon, launched the TATA va Sabeto dictionary at the Sabeto Village community hall on Monday.

“This is not only a gift to the people of Sabeto or to Fiji but the whole world. All language has a unique quality,” Mr McMahon said.

“It is special to pass this gift from the elders to the children, many of the children will not value the gift of this book yet or for even many years to come.”

Mr McMahon said many people in the world have lost their cultures and traits due to westernisation.

“This dictionary connects us as human beings and allows us to exchange ideas. Sabeto is advanced compared to other communities in Fiji,” he said.

Publisher Pauliasi Natabe said the aim of their project was to ensure culture was preserved especially the Sabeto dialect.

“We are proud of this achievement; our dialect is now living, and will not lose its value. The project costs around $5000,” Mr Natabe said.

Peace Corp volunteer Thomas Courtright who has been living in Sabeto since November 2014 said, this work started more than a year ago, when Mr Natabe (compiler/publisher) approached him about building a Sabeto museum.

Mr Courtright loved the idea but realised they would likely need around $75,000 to build and fill the museum with cultural goods.

“We still wanted to find a way to help preserve and keep alive the culture of Sabeto and we hit the perfect idea,” he said.

The dictionary was edited by Mr Natabe, Mr Courtright, Meli Tora and the elders of Sabeto and was published by Tuwawa Publishing.

The first 880 copies printed have been distributed to villagers at Koroiyaca, Narokorokoyawa, Natalau. Naboutini is expected to receive their copies later this week.



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