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The Dung Verei Festival 

photo: Gina Kaltipli, Further Arts
The Dung Verei Festival is intended to be a platform for the performance of traditional customary activities known locally as kastom) including music, dance, food preparation, etc.  For the integration of community into the design of value networks and communication structures this is a key meeting. 

A media team - headed by Vanuatu media practioners who are working with the Ambae community through Further Arts - will attend this meeting to record stories and create media in October 2018.

In the first trip recording shell money interviews Delly and Sarah discovered a connection to the continuing practice of shell money production in the Solomon Islands - and also a kinship connections between the Gaua community and the Solomon Islands community (as confirmed by Chief Polwyn).

Taking forward these finding from the initial Shell Money interviews, we have applied for funding for a small group of people from Gaua, representives from Santo and also the Solomon Islands to a meeting on the revival of shell money at the Dung Verei Festival, held in conjunction with TORBA Day (Oct 1-2). The opportunity to support space for communities from the more remote island of Ureparapara - custodians of a slightly different lineage of shell money production - as well as others from Vanua Lava, and Mota Lava to communicate around Shell Money practices is valuable.

An invitation was also made to a delegation from the Tulalip community in the North West Pacific and WISN based in Hawaii.
Ambae Evacuation
photo: Gina Kaltiplei, Further Arts

Ambae Evacution

Photographer Gina Kaltiplei (Further Arts) and Kate Genevieve (Special Advisory Member Further Arts) combine for an article for the Independent in the UK, with support from the whole team.

“ On Vanuatu, the activity of Manaro Vui, the volcano on the island of Ambae is raising the possibility of a wholesale evacuation of the island’s entire population from the island.

This is not only raising urgent questions of how these people could be re-located, housed and fed. It is also... raising the question of how the people of an island nation can preserve their culture when no longer living on the geographical area which for so long defined it.

Vanuatu is an island country where 280,000 people live and is made up of an archipelago of 83 islands. The Ambae residents number around 10,000. The activity of the Manaro volcano has produced thick ash and gas over the island, destroying crops and contaminating water supplies.