Saturday, 27 August 2016

Kundu and Digaso Festival is the pride of the Kutubu people

THE pride of Kutubu people is not found in the natural resources (discovery of oil and gas) rather it is the culture and environment that they live in.  Whatever tied their past ancestors had always determine today and the future and this lies in their hands now. 

The story starts when the Enga people wanted to know where the Digaso oil came from because their unique traditional salt was traded with this oil as they still know today. The Engans trace came back all the way to Kutubu and realized that their salt was not a waste.

Finally, the owner of the traditional salt exchanges it with the owner of the Digaso oil during the Kutubu Kundu and Digaso Festival last year (2015). It was a great moment for the two tribes to learn their traces of the important trading route of their traditional wealth and pride (Engan Traditional Salt & Kutubu Digaso Oil).

This year 2016, the organizing committee is looking at more traces of traditional trading routes from the Kikori and Bosavi side of their stories

Its happening on the 23rd-24th September, 2016. Venue: Pimaga Station, Kutubu, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.

Photographs below by Saina Jeffrey (WWF) of last years performance by a cultural group.

Happy viewing!





VIDEO: Flying over Lake Kutubu to land at Moro Airport.

VIDEO: The Kutubu Kundu and Digaso Festival was officially recognized in February 2015 as a National Cultural Event by National Cultural Commission in Kutubu, Southern Highlands Province. 

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