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Subject: Re: Sings of a Dying Rich Engan Culture


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Date Posted: Sat, Jan 13 2007, 04:51:07am
In reply to: Cool_Guy1 's message, "Sings of a Dying Rich Engan Culture" on Fri, Jan 12 2007, 09:51:02am

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[> Subject: Dying Rich Engan Culture


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pongene
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Date Posted: Sun, Jan 14 2007, 02:12:51pm

VERY IMPORTANT topic!

Countrymen, I am a mixed blood of Engan and Eastern Highlands origins and I totally agree with your sentiments. (Being a product of different ethnicities within PNG does not mean that we have to neglect our cultures. The onus is on each one of us to learn as much as you can about your cultures).

The Engan language is the only language spoken by the biggest population in PNG. In fact our customs, values, and the principles guiding our way of life is as original as those preached by the bible. It is imperative that we uphold and maintain these rich culture so that our future generations do not lose out on them.

The task of institutionalising our culture is not herculean as PNGEAN pointed out. It is in fact achievable. All we need to do is mobilse and inform the people of Enga from the top administration post down to the ordinary villagers about this concept. Then leave it to the Provincial Government as the formal authority to spearhead this course.

Of course it would take time and money and a whole lot more but the positive is that the percentage of Engans who do not know the language and the Engan way of living is as yet minimal. For instance, the Maori people of New Zealand had almost completely lost their cultures and customs. It was just recently (last 20 years or so) that their government started institutionalising their cultures and today there is a gradual increase in the Maoris being well versed in their cultures. Even then, they have lost several languages already. Hence the current Maori Lingo is a combination of the other lost Maori languages.

In Enga we do not want to lose our only language and culture that way. It is important that our provincial government, especially the new one taking office after 07 elections, take a serious look at this topic.

pongene!

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