Women traditional show for tourists irks chief

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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

WOMEN doing a traditional welcome for tourists at Taro Provincial Headquarter during the Women’s Week is said to cause embarrassment as it is not the custom of Lauru.

This is according to Chief Paul Kaegabatu of Sariana Community who is also the Secretary of Varisi House of Chiefs and a member of Lauru Land Conference of Tribal Communities.

Chief Kaegabatu said it is not the custom of Lauru for women to perform a warrior welcome as it is only for men to perform such.

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“The way the women traditionally dressed and marched was so extreme causing embarrassment to the public,” said the chief.

“I feel sorry for the women but Choiseul Province is well versed with its famous custom and cultural non-government organisation, LLCTC should have informed us especially when hosting such ceremonies that connect to the local custom and culture of Lauru.

“This is to avoid embarrassments and contradictions to Lauru’s custom and cultural norms.”

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