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The Intangible Cultural Heritage Asia Pacific (ICHCAP) director, Dr Samuel Lee is on a one-day tour in Suva visiting ICH agencies today (Monday).

He visited the iTaukei Institute of Language and Culture, Department of National Heritage & Arts, Fiji Arts Council, Fiji Museum and the Pacific Heritage HUB at the University of the South Pacific.

Dr Lee of South Korea was most appreciative when shown a presentation of the work being done by the iTaukei Affairs, especially on cultural mapping throughout Fiji.
“Your own characteristics , family life, safeguarding of traditional knowledge in relation to traditional culture system, family life and social life for the sustainable development and peaceful relationship is something that you can share with us and let us know about that,” Dr Lee said.

ICHCAP relations with Fiji began in 2010 and this is the first time for its director to come and see for himself that assistance given by the organisation to Fiji is being used well.

Dr Lee’s visit is also to collaborate with stakeholders here and find ways he can assist them in the future.

Department of Culture and Heritage director, Mr Peni Cavuilagi said Dr Lees visit was important because in this day and age we really needed to safeguard intangible culture and tradition because it was our identity.

“UNESCO has supported the need for different cultures in the world to protect their intangible cultures during the 2003 UNESCO Convention. Dr Lee is in charge of the ICHAP which covers our region,” Mr Cavuilagi said.

The collection of intangible cultural heritage in Fiji has attracted other countries to follow and Dr Lee’s visit will enhance Fiji’s standing.

“It is basically the knowledge systems and expressions that come with it as well as, we show the world we appreciate what our ancestors have done for us, what they have used. It is our identity,” Mr Cavuilagi said.

Fiji Museum director, Ms Sagale Buadromo said Dr Lee really appreciated his visit to the museum.

“His visit is a very good because we deal a lot with intangible cultural heritage, especially in collecting oral traditions from different ethnic groups around Fiji,” Ms Buadromo said.

“And we are working on that trying to collect a lot of information, especially with black birding decedents, grimitiya and iTaukei. But we have limited staff and limited funding, so any help we can get from Korea will be good.”



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