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22 May 2014

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Hi Ron that's cool. And the idea of a clay pots' festival is a splendid idea. Maybe we can look forward for that.

Anyway, if you require my contact you can reach me through my email: ipalipal61@gmail.com and then maybe arrange to get one collection of Bougainville clay pots.

Thanks Ishmael. Yes this art’s dying and needed re-sparking. Food’s tastier and I enjoy cooking in clay pot, man i save kuk ya! I’ll require your contact to grab one pot from ARB.

In 2010, me and a friend ran a short but weird experiment at my backyard twice. Just from my weird thoughts. We called the team ‘Claypot Myth Busters’.

I’ve got my own collection of clay pots in my flat from Markham (Morobe Province), Tufi (Oro Province), Basima/Gumawana Islands and Ware Is (Milne Bay).

We wanted to answer the questions, which cooked faster and cooked tastier food. Using leaves from similar banana species as cover, equal number/pot of wood from the same firewood species, nuts (cream) from the same coconut growing near my flat, equal number and same food stuffs; we found interesting results from uni student tasters’ scores.

We concluded that the art in preparation and clay species may have contributed to the results we obtained. It’ll be ideal to increase the taster sample and clay pot collection in future to affirm/alter the conclusions, maybe conducted in an art festival, I guess.

Yeah Phil that is true it is happening in all over PNG but it is not mind to talk about others which I do not have knowledge of.

Thus, I said it is happening in Bougainville. However it is true that Provincial Cultural Centres should be setup for the preservation of this cultural identities that a gradually dying out.

The gradual demise of the clay pots seems to be occurring all over PNG Ishmael, not just in Bougainville.

While recently in Manus I was told by the Pihi ladies that there is only one old woman left on one of the northern islands who knows how to make a particular type of pot.

Provincial cultural centres are a good way to preserve older traditions and skills and every province should have one. They also make great tourist attractions and create incomes for traditional artisans.

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