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The local children in Bali wanted to learn Kamoro dance.
Papuan Culture Diversity Week: “Kamoro: Maramowe Cultural Heritage”
Shades of Balinese culture is juxtaposed with shades of Kamoro culture, along with Soed’s “Tanah Airku” music echoing throughout the Balinese Bentara Cultural stage, creates a strong Indonesian atmosphere at the opening of the Papuan Culture Variety Week “Kamoro: Maramowe Cultural Heritage” (6/22). Strengthening a deeper understanding towards Papuan culture, especially since the main mission of this event is the Kamoro tribe through Indonesia’s perspective.
The event that was attended by more than 200 attendees who were representatives of humanists, artists, art collectors, gallery owners, up to students was a result collaboration of Papua Center Universitas Indonesia, Bentara Culture – Kompas Gramedia Group, and PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI). This event is an implementation of cooperation between PTFI and Papua Center – Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik (FISIP) Universitas Indonesia as stipulated in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed last April 9th.
A Bali artist drew Kamoro carver.
The Papuan Center Executive Director who is also the dean of FISIP UI Prof. Dr. Bambang Shergi Laksmono, Editor in Chief of Kompas Rikard Bagun, Third Government Assistant of the Mimika District Evert Safuf, and Vice President of Community Relations PTFI Demianus Dimara opened the event on Friday night (6/22) at the Balinese Bentara Culture. In his opening remarks representing the Bentara Culture, Rikard Bagun Editor in Chief of Kompas welcomes the collaboration of three major institutions in this event. The same was disclosed by the Executive Director of Bentara Culture Hariadi Saptono at the press conference held on the same day “The similar mission between these three institutions is the implementation background of this event,” he stated. In line with this, the third Government Assistant of the Mimika District Evert Syafuf in his speech urges Papua to rise and compete with other Indonesian regions. On the same occasion, Demianus Dimara representing PTFI Management expressed his deep appreciation to all those who have worked hard to contribute to this event. “We hope this event will enrich the Indonesia’s public knowledge on the Papuan art and culture in general and in particular the Kamoro tribe, and also receive the meaning behind the rich traditional life,” said Dimara closing his remarks.
The cultural exhibition displayed is an ethnographic exhibition as one characteristic of anthropology. The event was also equipped with a variety of cultural activities, such as performing arts (carve and dance), traditional ceremonies, cultural dialogue, film, and Kamoro culinary. Bali was chosen as the first place to hold the event because Bali is known as the public window of Indonesia and known internationally. More than that, Bali is one of the cultural and spiritual centers of Indonesia. Through Bali, Papua culture is expected to be exposed in Indonesia. "Through interaction with the people of Bali, it is expected that cultural wisdom brought from Kamoro can draw strength and and become a 'gift' for the next gig in Jakarta," said Prof. Dr. Bambang Shergi Laksmono Papua Center Executive Director, FISIP of University of Indonesia.
In attendance to enrich the event were Kamoro Culture observer Kal Muller and Kamoro prominent artist Thimotius Samin. The event was covered by national and local media.
This Bali Bentara Culture will be held until July 1. Then it will be continued with Jakarta Bentara Culture on July 31 to August 5, 2012 and on September 5-15 at the University of Indonesia Depok Campus FISIP.
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