Maraki Vanuariki Peace-making Ritual for West Papuan Leaders, Port Vila, Vanuatu, 1 Dec 2014

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Vanuatu Man, Tommy Latupeirissa, 2007VANTUATU AND WEST PAPUA
Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian Nation-making (2)

MARAKI VANUARIKI COUNCIL OF CHIEFS
Peace-making Ritual for West Papuan Leaders

Fatumaru Bay, Vanuatu, 1 December 2014

 

 

 

Son of the Maraki Vanuariki Peace-Chief Mataso delivers the sacred club from Fel’s Cave

Maraki Vanuariki Chief Morris Kaloran and Peace-Chief Masato

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

West Papuan ritual participants assemble at Fatumaru Bay with Maraki Vanuariki Chief Morris Kaloran

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Chief Morris Kaloran and Peace-Chief Masato with West Papuans (Alfonse Adadikam, Teri Yaram, Benny Wenda, and Jacob Rumbiak translating into Indonesian, and the ni-Vanuatu participants from Tongoa-Shepherd Islands

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Chief Morris Kaloran and Tongoa-Shepherd Islanders, with West Papuans Jacob Rumbiak (translating into Indonesia), Fransiscus Uweng, Benny Wenda, Markus Yenu, Elizier Awom

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Chief Morris Kaloran and Peace-Chief Masato with West Papuan participants (Alfonse Adadikam, Teri Yaram)

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Maraki Vanuariki Peace-Chief Masato

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Praying to God and Imploring the ancestors for help

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Praying for Unity around the sacred club

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Praying for Unity around the sacred club

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Praying for Unity around the sacred club

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Praying for Unity around the sacred club

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Praying for Unity around the sacred club

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

The sacred heritage club is passed to Benny Wenda

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

The Reconciliation and Unity Ceremony brought about the first formal alliance between the Papuan (highland) and Melanesian (coastal) tribes

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

The shock of successfully forging the first formal alliance between Papuan (highland) tribes and Melanesian (coastal) tribes

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Benny Wenda, Markus Yenu, Elizier Awom, Alfonse Adadikam, Teri Yaram, Jack Wainggai, Sabi Sambon, Chief Morris Kaloran

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Maraki Vanuariki Chiefs Masato and Kaloran with the West Papuan participants

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Frans Kapisa, Benny Wenda, Teri Yaram

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Teri Yaram and Benny Wenda (West Papua National Parliament)

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Benny Wenda with Jacob Rumbiak

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Maraki Vanuariki Chief Morris Kaloran with Benny Wenda

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Jacob Rumbiak (Federal Republic of West Papua) and Teri Yaram (West Papua National Parliament)

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Teri Yaram (West Papua National Parliament) and Jacob Rumbiak (Federal Republic of West Papua)

Peace-making Ritual for West Papuans at Fatumaru Bay  1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Alfonse Adadikam, Jacob Rumbiak, Morris Kaloran, Benny Wenda

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Jacob Rumbiak, Benny Wenda, Teri Yaram, Sabi Sambon

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Alfonse Adadikam and Benny Wenda

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Sabi Sambom, a journalist from the West Papuan highlands, recording the details of the Maraki Vanuariki Ceremony that brought Papuan highlanders and coastal Melanesians into their first formal alliance.

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Participants in the Melanesian Kastom Ceremony at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Tongoa-Shepherd Islander bringing cassava for the Maraki Vanuariki Procession of the Gifts from Fatumaru Bay to Saralana Park on Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Preparing for Maraki Vanuariki Gift Procession of the Gifts

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Preparing for Maraki Vanuariki Gift Procession of the Gifts

 

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Tongoa-Shepherd Islanders from SHEF Province preparing for the Solidarity March

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Tongoa-Shepherd Islanders from SHEF Province preparing for the Solidarity March

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Jacob Rumbiak encouraging Benny Wenda, his former student, to realize the political responsibilities thrust upon him

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

 

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

 

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

 

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

 

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

 

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Chief Seni Mao Tirsupe (President, Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs) joins the Solidarity March at Fatumaru Bay

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Lining up for the Solidarity March

Peace-making Ritual for West Kastom and Faith in Modern Melanesian nation-making (2). Papuans at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014 (Vanuatu’s ‘West Papua National Day’)

Amateus Douwe (West Papua National Coalition for Liberation) joins the Solidarity March

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