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Subject: Re: Sings of a Dying Rich Engan Culture

AM Potane
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Date Posted: Sun, May 27 2007, 03:20:18am
In reply to: nnnnnnnnn 's message, "Re: Sings of a Dying Rich Engan Culture" on Fri, May 25 2007, 04:32:02pm

Yeah, that's Polly Wiessner from Salt Lake City Utah. She and Akii Tumu have written Historical Vines a book that pretty documents the whole history of Enga. I tried reading the book but it was like a history textbook so I only picked out the stuff that interested me. They also wrote other smaller books that I've read and find interesting and highly informative. Anyway, back to Historical Vines, she said they needed to make it like a textbook so that it would not be misrepresented but still around for the future genereations. I did not realize that they had been doing research and interviewing older people since 1986 (before I was even born) but she has these cassettes of older men, most dead now, who told of the sangai, trade, tribal origns etc,etc of every tribe in Enga and I am helping her catalogue them so Aki can sort them out. We then plan to digitalize the ones that he thinks are invaluable and weed out the unnecessary stuff and have them in the Center for others to listen to. I am amazed that the recordings from the 1980's are still in good shape and was walking on air yesterday when we found that all the tapes were in the box and in good shape.
Polly worked with mom and them so she invited me over to spend summer here in beautiful Salt lake City Utah, but she is amazing. She keeps on pushing for the Cultural Center and stuff to be built because she realizes that if Aki dies and she's not about then then so will some of Enga's histroy. All the years of collecting data and material will be wasted. It is in the book but she wants to make it funner and more accessible to us.
To those of you interested, read Historical Vines it has pretty much everything. I am loving hearing the orign tales of different tribes, Great Wars, Tee routes, there are some gory things like human sacrifice in parts of Enga but well that just makes it all the more colorful. I am getting my lesson on Enga history from recorded voices. It's in Engan but then again I am fluent in it so it doesn't matter, just because some of us are not in Enga doesn't mean we're totally out of touch. So serisoulsy check out the book. I am grateful we had people like Polly and Aki dedicate their lives to put in years of work and document it for people like me. I mean it's one thing to talk to your own tribesmen, but to get something for the whole of Enga takes years of research and patience.

Of course when the west and our tribal society collides there is bound to be change. But if we have the books and Cultural Center to give us a sense of our roots, then we will not be totally lost. Hope the adminisration does release the funds it promised soon so building will commence.

AM Potane.

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tongai patange
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Date Posted: Wed, May 30 2007, 05:11:55pm

This book titled Historical vines : Enga networks of exchange, ritual, and warfare in Papua New Guinea written by Pauline Wilson WIESSNER,Aki TUMU and Pupu NITZE, look great. I really like that book.
Yap..i have read through that book and it was very interesting.
but just one ponit is that enga is a province of rich cultural diversity and i hope we contribute some more which i believe are not there.
Otherwise, credit is due for Wiessner, Aki, Pupu and your mother.

hoping to keep the tradition alive.

Tongai patange

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AM Potane
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Date Posted: Thu, May 31 2007, 04:52:45am

Tongai patang, u might want to check out out A view of Enga Culture and From Inside the Women's House which are 2 other books by Polly, Alome Kyakas, Aki Tumu, eta al. They are interesting read too with all these songs and chants in Engan that is later translated and exaplained in the context of the book. I personally enjoyed those 2 better than Historical Vines. Anyway, Polly is trying to do rewrites and improve the current editions. She's also doing comparative studies of what it was then and how it is now. Having the Cultural Center with all the info in one place would be great so then people can combine ideas and add what needs to be added to preserve the cultural heritage for future generations. Building is supposed to begin in August so I hope it goes as planned, you never know with PNG timing and the elections and all that jazz.

PS-Regards to you and the rest of the Last Market squad.

Another Tongai sist

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Tongai Patange
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Date Posted: Thu, May 31 2007, 01:44:20pm

Thanks for the update on the cultural development already done and those that are ahead. Actually these are news to me. I'm dying to see that building up...hope that nature of enga be on our side despite the election bomb.
Well, all ur last market squard are just fine.
ME, kelly, polo, malaki, luke, angela and eveyone.
we all wish you well in US.


Tongai patange
(Last Market Bingo MAster)

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