PAPUDAILY – Through the momentum of the 9th World Noken Day commemoration, the South Papua Student and Youth Association (Imppas) held an exhibition of the region’s cultural products, from food to carving. Vice Chairman III Imppas who is also the Chairman of the committee, Elias Ndiwaen Mahuze said the activity was carried out to remind the culture in the traditional area of Animha, namely in South Papua. The Animha Indigenous Areas in question include Merauke Regency, Mappi, Boven Digoel, Asmat and Mimika Regency.
“The purpose of this exhibition is to remind us young people from the Animha indigenous region of our culture, be it noken to other cultures,” Elias told Tribun-Papua.com, in Jayapura, Saturday (4/11/2021).
In addition, he said, the activity was also held at the moment of World Noken Day, in order to always leave a mark for the youth and students, especially from the Animha region.
According to him, in the implementation of the activity, the students who joined the student and youth association of South Papua exhibited the original cultural trinkets from the Animha region.
“In this exhibition we present the culture of South Papua, such as Noken, a traditional South Papuan specialty from the Merauke region called Sep, carvings and statues from Asmat, basically all cultural chirikas from the Animha region,” he said.
He continued, the exhibition was held on the initiative of students from South Papua in the city of Jayapura.
“We only carry out this exhibition activity for 1 day only, a full day at the Merauke Hostel, Padangbulan, Abepura, Jayapura City,” he said.
Not only that, according to him, the activities are not only done on the day of noken, but will continue to be done at every moment associated with the culture.