A community in East Sepik province has taken it upon themselves to revive its cultural house, commonly known as the Haus Tambaran.
The people of Boimsara in the Yangoru-Saussia District have deliberately revived the Haus Tambaran tradition after an absence of over 40 years.
It was a celebration of sorts at Boimsara, with local member and Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry, Richard Maru, accompanied by Director of the Arts and Culture Division from the Office of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ketsin Robert.
Their aim is to instil cultural values to the younger generation. This is in light of rising social issues like alcohol and drug related problems among the youth.
The people also realise that the Haus Tambaran has tourism value.
A submission was given to government for the Boimsara Preservation Project.
The Haus Tambaran, if implemented well, can attract tourists to witness initiation ceremonies for boys into manhood.
The Office of Tourism, Arts and Culture said it would assist.
Minister Maru commended the people for such an initiative.
He called on young people to change their social behaviour if they want to see this project get off the ground, as it will attract other potential developments.