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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Sept. 17) -
Culture and Tourism Minister Nick Kuman has called for genuine cultures and
customs to be displayed at provincial shows. This is to ensure Papua New
Guineans and tourists are not treated to "fake or commercialized"

Mr Kuman expressed concern about certain cultural dances that
have been invented for cultural purposes but had no roots in any traditional
society in PNG.

Show participants and organizers must do away with modern
sunglasses, shoes, neckties, brassiere, plastics and modern paints that replace
certain traditional attires, Mr Kuman said. This would only result in the
non-transfer of knowledge and skills and would, over time, be lost.

The Minister has also tasked the National Cultural Commission to
provide advice and technical support to all provincial show committees on the
cultural and traditional aspects while the Tourism Promotion Authority would
provide marketing, publicity and promotions.

He also called on the provincial cultural show societies to
ensure their festivals are consistent with set dates and events must not be
delayed or cancelled at short or no notice at all. 

September 18, 2003

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