Presentation at Timor-Leste Studies Association Conference, Dili,

Monday 15/07/13 - Monday 15/07/13

Presentation: Preservation of Endangered Forms of Fataluku Cultural Expression.

Understanding Timor-Leste 2013 Research Conference
Liceu Campus, National University of Timor-Lorosa’e (UNTL),
Avenida Cidade de Lisboa, Dili, Timor-Leste, 15 – 16 July 2013

This paper will present interim findings from this research project on the endangered cultural heritage of the Fataluku people.  Fataluku people number approximately 49,000 and have enjoyed a strong and unique cultural identity. Many of the older generation remember cultural practices that predate occupation, including rituals, music, dance, food production, and the nurturing and harvesting of local resources. However, genocide, dislocation and external social and economic pressures have meant that much of this cultural knowledge and practice is now in danger of being lost.  The paper will introduce a number of forms of traditional Fataluku cultural expression that are critically endangered, including music, dance, ritual, craft production and traditional knowledge.

The researchers will also report on how local capacity to preserve cultural heritage is being built; how the research project is providing opportunities for Fataluku people to view and learn more about their own culture; and creating opportunities to share their cultural expression with younger generations.

The paper will be presented in Tetun by the research team:
Sr Justino Valentim – Senior Researcher
Frederico Gaetano – Camera Man
Maria Madelena dos Santos – Interviewer & Writing
Ildefonso Da Silva – Film Maker

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