Friday, 12 August 2016

Linking the trading route of Engan Salt and Digaso Oil - tracing back indigenous Melanesian Cultural Heritage to revive and promote

THE pride of Kutubu is not in our oil and gas resources, rather its in our richness in the variety of culture & environment that we live in! Whatever ties our past ancestors had will always determine our future and this lies in our hands now. So you see, the Engans always want to know where the Digaso Oil came from because their unique "traditional salt" was traded with this oil as they still know. 

Their trace came back all the way to Kutubu and realized that their salt was not a waste!! Finally, the owner of the salt exchanges it with the owner of the Digaso Oil during the Kutubu 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 Salt & Digaso Oil).
This year (2016), we are looking at more stories from the Kikori and Bosavi side of their trading routes and their cultural heritage...DON'T MISS IT, 23nd to 24th SEPT, 2016!



Photos: Engan man and a Kutubu man symbolize how Engan Salt was traded with Kutubu's Digaso Oil. 

Source: Saina Jeffery/Kutubu Kundu and Digaso Festival/2016.  For more information about Kutubu Kundu and Digaso Festival, contact via email at: jeffreysaina@gmail.com 

3 comments:

  1. They are the sons of Hela. Opene (Enga) is the eldest and (Tukupa) Kutubu is one of the five sons. The others are Huli (Tari), Duna (Kopiago) and Wane Hewa. It's really is amazing how they traded and maintained relationship with their family and counterparts for generations.

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  2. They are the sons of Hela. Opene (Enga) is the eldest and (Tukupa) Kutubu is one of the five sons. The others are Huli (Tari), Duna (Kopiago) and Wane Hewa. It's really is amazing how they traded and maintained relationship with their family and counterparts for generations.

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  3. so true. the highlands is connected and are familial links.

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