Ngarchelong Taro Fields Landscapes
Faustina K. REHUHER-MARUGG (Palau)
Palau Resource Institute, Palau
The format of the presentation would be PPT as well as presenting a traditional chant relating to culture and nature as they are so much interconnected. To discuss that the land in island communities is so crucial to the sustainability of the people, which reflects the culture of the local community. Projects that are initiated by the stakeholders are an indication that people are resilient and that survival depends on their caring for their waters, coastal areas, fishing grounds, taro fields and surrounding areas. Being a Project Manager of a year-long taro fields restoration, development and management, Palau Resource Institute worked very closely with members of the community in the implementation stage and that ownership is theirs and that macro-managing was PRI approach as the coordinators are indigenous communities members. However, challenges are always there to deal with and they were dealt with. Traditional Knowledge and skills came out without really having to bring them out.
Ms. Rehuher-Marugg is a former Palau's Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs (2009-2012). She has been a Director and Curator of the Belau National Museum for over three decades. Among many local, regional and international affiliations, Ms. Rehuher-Marugg is a founding member of the International Federation of Arts Councils & Culture Agencies (IFACCA), she has served as Chairperson of the Pacific Islands Museums Association (PIMA), and she is a founding member of the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (PARBICA). She is a founding board member of the Palau Conservation Society, presently serves as Vice-Chair, she has served as Chairperson on the Board of Directors of the Palau Visitors Authority, and she is a founding board member for the Palau Resources Institute and, presently serves a President. Having been a member of the Palau National Commission on UNESCO, chairing the Cultural Committee, and as a former Minister of Community & Cultural Affairs, Her work towards the preservation and promotion of culture and the arts is one of her primary focuses. Her initial works towards having Palau ratify the Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage and the World Heritage Convention, as well as her work on Palau’s Traditional Knowledge and Expressions of Culture law, which is presently under the Palau National Congress for review and adoption, has been important milestones for Palau. Palau’s Rock Islands Southern Lagoon as a World Heritage Site is her important contribution to the field of natural and cultural preservation. She initiated a dialogue to have Palau be the first country in the Northern Pacific to host this event as the 9th Festival of Pacific Arts in 2004. She is a recipient of the Micronesia Area Research Center of the University of Guam Research Award for her research work in Micronesia and the Pacific region. Ms. Rehuher-Marugg has presented professional papers nationally, regionally and internationally as well as published articles and papers in various forms.