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Subject: Enga Takeanda/Transition and Tradition Center

AM Potane
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Date Posted: Sun, Aug 10 2008, 12:41:39pm

Most of you have probably heard about Dr. Polly Wiessner's work with getting the Tradition and Transition Centre built where the old museum used to be. Well, what concerns me is the lack of support from the open members. The governor has given a lot of money from the Provincial Government's budget but the open members have not responded to any of our letters. So, I guess, I am asking you Engans out there, who have some connection with the MP's of the different open electorates to put some pressure on your representatives.

For example, if Stevie could advise the his dad to contribute some money from the open member's fund it would be nice. (Sorry Stevie cann't find your email addy so I have to resort to Wai Pii) We are not asking for a lot. It's just that the opening of the center is comming up end of this year or maybe beginning of next year. Polly will be in Wabag around September and then an official date will be set. You will have prominent older people like Councillor Amu (who has been councillor for over 25 years) and others from Lagaip headwaters sitting up on stage with her. These are the older people whose words will be used and they have all been going back and forth to and from Wabag, telling their stories and helping Polly with her work through the years. So, she says it would be nice if she can tell them that their Open Member supports their work. One can not expect her to give thanks to the MPs if they have not contributed anything. This goes to all the Enga open electorate MPs.

I am here with her now and she is working around the clock to set things up for the center. We get excited everytime one of the missionaries and such from way back when say they are willing to send us slides of pictures and notes they have. Just going through the early photographs it's interesting for me to see Enga how it was back in the day. The people here are excited to give back to the Engans the pictures and whatever stories they have. Let's face it, when they die they're kids will probably just get rid of the older slides and stuff as junk. But we want to see how it was in the past and this is what Polly has spent over 25 years working with the Enga people and documenting their history. So she feels she has to give it back and so the Center came into being. It is called the Tradition and Transition Center because once we really understand our past and where we came from, then we can face today's/tomorrows problems and the transition won't be as bad. It is a Non-government thing but it would be nice if the Open members were more supportive.

She is now writing up the stuff for the exhibits and it is a lot of work. She gets up in the morning and is next to the computer till sundown trying to make all of this happen for us. If I'm upstairs watching the Olympics or something she is rapidly working away downstairs calling old missionaries and such so I guess the point is she is working so hard that it would be nice if some of our Parliamentarians, apart from the governor, would say thank you and we support your work. She was telling me just today about how there used to be "forest talk" or something like that back in the day. THe people who went to the forest had a different language altogether to communicate with each other. I was surprised as I didn't know it existed and she was like " yeah, don't you think the young people will like to know about this?"

Well, I guess, I have made my case. If you want to know more about the work you all could just go to the Center and I'm sure Aki Tumu, Alome Kyakas, my mom and others would love you show you the building and the work that's being done. If not I guess you all could ask and I'll elucidate. So, fellow Engans please if you have any influence over our MP's use it. We want to be able to say that the other Engan MPs, apart from the governor, have taken an interest in our work.


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Date Posted: Sun, Aug 10 2008, 01:39:13pm

Hey AMP!

Good to see you're back in the States in one piece! Amox should be in Boston MA by Friday (August 15).

Any yes, I am interested in Dr. Wiessner's work. It's just that I'm so busy right now trying to get prepared to return to PNG. But I'll speak to Dad about this. Preserving our cultures is very important for me especially in the current day and age when the modern generation is being bombarded by one so foreign that they've developed one so destructive and degenerative.

E-mail me on spkikala@gmail.com and let me know more. I'll try to see if I can do anything upon my return to PNG in September..

Kind regards.

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Komai (Wake Wane)
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Date Posted: Wed, Aug 13 2008, 07:31:54am

Hi all,

I don't have any special comment here but I'd say that this is one of the best projects I've ever seen...if it was even 2x or 3x bigger, it would be much much better.

Thanks with all my heart to you who is\are working on this...

Wake Wane

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Date Posted: Wed, Aug 13 2008, 01:31:37pm

What is Boston MA?? Is Amox going to study there or for work purposes??


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Date Posted: Wed, Aug 13 2008, 02:34:30pm

Brandeis University-Boston Massachussetts (USA).
Masters of Sustainable International Development
World Bank Scholarship (2 years)

If Freddie, AMP, Nita & Maggie Kutato, my Lagaip Waitin relos (George, Nico, & Rachel), or anyone could let me know of Papua New Guineans living there in the remote Northeast corner of the US (Massachussetts) or nearby states (e.g. New York), I'd appreciate it! E-mail me: spkikala@gmail.com



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[> Subject: Re: Development Priorities Vs Funs

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Date Posted: Sun, Aug 10 2008, 03:44:42pm

Though it seemingly restricted, may i be allowed to put in few lines:

(1)Dr. Polly Wiessner and Governor-Enga

The vision of Dr. Wiessner has materialized, which takes some strength. Being so philanthropic, she devotes her life for Enga (there is no such thing as free lunch). Great appreciation.
Governor-Enga, great appreciation for financial support to develop Dr. Wiessner' vision.

(2) Funding Development Priorities and not Funs

Holding Dr. Wiessner's life to Enga constant, in appreciation of your work, Messer Potane, I consider the nature of the request be re-examined. It is not of enga's interest to fund an opening ceremony.

Instead, Messer Potane, a request to purchase capital assets of the centre by each member should have been made. Better still, a request for each open member to establish subsidiary centres in the five districts should have been made; providing a workable mechanism for such programmes at the District level which would draw out tourists to them. This implies equal distribution in eco-tourism benefits.

As it goes; I would rather forgo K10.00 to for an axe than a packet of chips.

I note the Dr.Wiessner would have been pleased with this option if some donations were made.

(3)Open Members and Electorate Funds

As I have mentioned in my article in this forum: "Moving Enga Forward", each member, apart form the other statutory responsibilities; should be prepared to deliever the five different service programmes under the DSIP. I guess the member for Laigiam-Porgera has greater statutory responsbilities under this programme. Thus, I hope that the member be very cautious and responsible to deliever optimal goods and services to his electorate (which implies scarce resources dissipation be minimized).

Though Steve is old for such, just a point for refreshing the mind.

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AM Potane
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Date Posted: Tue, Aug 12 2008, 03:49:23am


I guess,you did misunderstand the nature of my request. It is not to fund the opening ceremony. We did note the stuff that we needed funds for in our letters to the MPs. Polly has set up the Enga Tradition and Transition Fund for donations and such. Donations are welcome. She has raised funds here and will continue to but it is kinnda hard to ask people here in the States to fund capital ( I totally agree with your statement about listing the capital assets needed and that is what we did), something like gibeon baskets to keep off the water and then do fencing. What are people out here going to say "We donated money to PNG-Enga to build and fence". That's ridiculous and that is the kind of thing the Enga Province should do. As in the above case we asked the MP' for help and well the Governor again did come good and so the baskets have been put into place (to keep of river from flooding) and fencing built. He will get a lot of credit and so well he deserves it.

The Center will have a main gallery with all the artifacts and explainations (which Polly is working around the clock writiing up). It is kind of like a semicircle so we will go from pre-historic, to modern Enga with a takeanda there and all the rituals etc. What's not in there, will be in the artium and that will contain the sangai stuff, women's corner, salt making trade and all that. The exhibits will be professionally done in Washington DC so Polly has to come to PNG (early Sept) and finalize al the details before sending it in to the experts for displaying the artifacts and all that. We also have a huge auditorium and conference room. These will need furnishings and that's what we are asking help for. We want the center to be a vibrant learning place. There will be a library and also a research room with computers and all that. So it is a Tradition and Transition Center for Enga were students and many different women's groups, church groups etc have a place to meet and talk about present day issues and learn about their past.

With the help of the EPG and PNG sustainable development the Enga Tradition and Transition Association Inc has put up the building. Blowing up pictures of past leaders and all that will be professionally done. So I guess, what I am trying to say is that, it is a beautiful building with exhibits professionally done and will be a place Enga can be proud of. I am hoping we can get some support to out fit the place with the furnishings, computers and such from the open members so the people can at least get the sense that their leaders care about preserving their heritage. As I mentioned earlier, donors here are not going to be as generous if we say we need money for landscaping and all that but it's something we want to do to make our center beautiful. So any contribution we get from the open electorates will be used for furnishing the place and we will all have gained a sense of satisfaction at the end of the day.

So I guess, I was misunderstood by you, Larsen. The building is up, Polly's working around the clock so our Center will have a grand opening, with or without the open member's support. I was just inviting them to be a part of the project despite not hearing from them for the people's sake. It would be nice for the people to know that their members are behind them and this project to preserve their cultural heritage. If not then, I guess you cann't say we did not try. We'll probably just have to wait for next year's budget and ask the EPG again for more money.

Thanks everyone for putting up with me and well God bless you all. -AMP.

PS-Stevie, I'll be emailing you about Amox's flight details.

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Date Posted: Thu, Aug 14 2008, 02:13:38am

(1) the implied message which thus becomes essential is the opportunity cost in funding a grand opening.

(2) the second point not yet deduced from the note is that a long term plan be put in place to extend this essential programme to all the district levels in the province. furthermore, the transition process in bringing in the epg, epa and the national government be formulated in the plan.

(3)there are other structural impediments which hinder the growth of the industry: (a) community policing be strengthened and re-enforced, (b) each district should be provisional power to establish district council authority to clean up all the districts; (c) all the districts, with subsidiary cultural centres, should promote cultural and traditional programmes in the district levels-regenerate such norms as 'tei'/moka between tribes and districts to promote unity and solidarity in enga; (d) provincial government should aid the local/rural people to build questhouses/lodges to accommodate visitors.

(4) fresh engan graduates should replace all old engans working in the province; people like Aki Timu (my tambul) but he seems to be only interested in the enga cultural centre. enga new fresh engan to move the province forward. your assistance is great.

(5)grand openning: in such occassion the open members to be accommodative for subsidary cultural centres such creating a well-rounded workable mechanism in place-if it is thought out proper and done good. revenue generating mechanism can be built in to ensure self-sustenance in the whole programme esp. during times which epg and the open members become reluctant to provide aid.

so far so good, messer
(i saw the project during x-mas 07/hope to see it in x-mas 08)

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