THE LOSS OF FI­JIAN ORAL CUL­TURE, THROUGH THE EYES OF FILM­MAKER

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Shiva Sankaran

Fiji gets pri­mar­ily gets its unique iden­tity from the Fi­jian cul­ture and his­tory. Fi­jian language, dances , art, carv­ing, and pos­i­tive tra­di­tions must be treated as Taonga (some­thing to be trea­sured). The Con­sti­tu­tion pro­tects this. How­ever, un­less it is a liv­ing cul­ture in ev­ery­day use, it must suf­fer from di­lu­tion from other out­side in­flu­ences. It should not be con­fined to ar­chives and mu­se­ums. The Min­is­ter for Cul­ture and Her­itage needs to set up a spe­cial com­mit­tee made of en­light­ened per­sons to sug­gest ways and means as to how this can be achieved.

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