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Guardians of the River

Guardians of the River

In rural Papua New Guinea, the villagers of Bosmun revive a long dormant canoe ceremony along their sacred Ramu river. Village elder Mechior Ware explains the important roles that canoes serve in his community. Preparations for the ceremony include an elaborate feast, the skillful carving of a beautiful crafted canoe, and a fruit-throwing ritual that tests the strength of the warriors that stand atop it as they paddle through the river. This short film is a preview of the Sacred Land Film Project series, featuring indigenous communities fighting to save their sacred sites.

  • Program Melanesia
  • Language English
  • Media Format Web Link
  • Program Theme Celebrating & revitalizing cultural expression
  • Cross Cutting Elements Creative practitioners
  • Communication Issue Areas Cultural Expressions
  • Tags
    • art
    • crafts
    • festival
    • Papua New Guinea