Children should learn about cultural identity: Katonitabua
“Young men and women must rise and ask their elders if they don’t know their identity,” said Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua.
The Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua has called on iTaukei children to learn and understand their cultural identity. Speaking to students at Lami High School recently, Mr Katonitabua urged iTaukei students to understand their background in regards to which village, district and province they were originally from. Mr Katonitabua said from a young age children must be able to grow up and fully identify himself/herself as a iTaukei with traditional identification of their yavusa (tribe), mataqali (clan), tokatoka (sub-clan), ika (fish), kau (plant), manumanu (animal).
He said all iTaukei must know their i-magiti (ceremonial food).
Mr Katonitabua said these traditional traits identified an iTaukei individual to his/ her roots giving them a sense of belonging to a yavusa, mataqali and tokatoka. “There are 14 provinces in Fiji and many iTaukei don’t know their own identity. Young men and women must rise up and ask their elders if they don’t know their identity,” he said. Mr Katonitabua has also called on parents, children and all iTaukei to ensure that they get a copy of their Vola Ni Kawa Bula (VKV), the iTaukei births and deaths registry and have knowledge of their cultural identity.