‘Na Koro’ mar­ket to re­plen­ish cul­ture

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - SHA­HANI MALA Edited by Paula Tu­vuki Feed­back: sha­hani.mala@fi­jisun.com.fj

In this fast mov­ing world, peo­ple are for­get­ting their cul­ture and his­tory. In a bid for peo­ple to ap­pre­ci­ate their cul­ture and coun­try’s his­tory, the Fiji Mu­seum in con­junc­tion with Na­tional Ar­chives of Fiji, Na­tional Trust, The Suva City Coun­cil and Mare­qeti Viti, or Na­ture Fiji for the first time or­gan­ised the ‘NA KORO’ Mar­ket. About 44 women from dif­fer­ent vil­lages around the coun­try show­cased their tal­ents with their art­work. Mar­ket or­gan­iser Peter Sipeli said: “I want to bring peo­ple back here be­cause I feel Suva is mov­ing so fast and peo­ple are for­get­ting that Suva is very his­tor­i­cal and it has cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance. “This place (Fiji Mu­seum) is called Na Koro. “This was vil­lage of Suva be­fore and peo­ple were moved from this place,” he said. “This is a mar­ket where women also showcase their tal­ents. “About 80 per cent of ven­dors in Fiji are women and women are also the heart of their fam­ily,” he said. While the women show­cased their tal­ents, chil­dren took part in games or­gan­ised for them. Fiji Mu­seum head of pub­lic re­la­tions and mar­ket­ing Prakashni Sharma said: “NA KORO mar­ket will now be held first Sun­day of ev­ery month. “We are sup­port­ing and show­cas­ing tal­ents of ladies from the dif­fer­ent vil­lages in the coun­try for youths to know about their cul­ture and Fiji’s his­tory.”

Photo: Ashna Kumar

A group of girls prac­tic­ing arts and craft con­ducted by Tessa Miller at the Fiji Na­tional Mu­seum yes­ter­day.

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