U.S. SUPPORTS PNG CULTURAL PRESERVATION PROJECT

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Sept. 28) – The United States Embassy is looking forward to continue its work with local organisations and institutions to preserve cultural heritage in Papua New Guinea.

U.S. Ambassador to PNG Leslie Rowe said this following the dedication of the historic Kafiavana Rock Art site in the Lufa area of Eastern Highlands province recently.

Ms Rowe travelled to Goroka during the independence weekend to watch the Goroka Cultural Show.

While in Goroka, she visited the Raun Raun Theatre and the Melanesian Institute and had the opportunity to talk to local high school students about the importance of celebrating and preserving their cultural heritage.

Ms Rowe said they (US embassy) were proud to participate in the JK McCarthy Museum’s dedication of the Kafiavana Rock Art Site.

The chief curator of the museum Vincent Po had worked closely with the US Embassy last year to put forward a proposal to the State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs to fund the preservation of the rock art at Kafiavana.

Ms Rowe said the proposal from JK McCarthy Museum in Goroka was selected as one of only 87 projects funded in 76 countries around the world last year.

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