Elements of endangered forms of Fataluku cultural expression

Every nation has a culture that underpins the way of life. According to the traditions of Lautem, our culture enables us to have strong unity and friendship.
If we lose our culture, we lose our identity.
All the information we have collected in this project informs us about the original culture of our ancestors.

Sr Justino Valentim, Senior Researcher, 1954-2014 

The Fataluku people of far eastern Timor-Leste maintain diverse and fascinating forms of cultural expression. An MHI research project, Documenting Endangered Forms of Cultural Expression of the Fataluku people, recorded 30 different cultural heritage elements – many practiced in different forms  in the Lautem district between 2012 and 2013. The project sought to help re-invigorate critically endangered forms of cultural expression by recording those cultural forms; building local capacity to preserve cultural heritage; and providing Fataluku people with an opportunities to view and learn more about their cultural heritage.

Acknowledgements
Background information: Fataluku people and culture 

Research method

Elements documented: The elements of Fataluku endangered cultural heritage documented were:
music   craft   tools   medicine  architecture   folklore   oral literature and song   ritual.

Detailed findings of elements 


Map: Location of elements by suku, aldeia and GPS co-ordinates

Project reports:  Reports from the project including conference papers and presentations 
References

Continuing work: An ongoing process of improving the breadth and quality of the information available here is being undertaken, with future versions of the site will include information in Tetun and Indonesian as funding opportunities allow.  MHI welcomes researchers and interested people to use the data in work that contributes to increasing knowledge of Fataluku cultural expression. We request that MHI be acknowledged when any material from this site is used. Comments, suggestions or corrections are also welcome, please email: kim.dunphy@manyhands.org.au.

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