Solomons’ Totem strengthens relationship with Guam

SI totemA SOLOMON Islands spirit Totem carved during the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture in Guam will leave a lasting legacy with the people of Guam.

Carved by the (our) Solomon Islands very own carvers from Renbel Province, Jeptha Kabei and Wilson Saohongo at the main Festival Village, the spirit god from Santa Cruz in Temotu Province was presented to the Governor of Guam in a moving ceremony on Friday June 3.

The Solomon Islands presentation was part of the visiting pacific delegations departure from Guam with not only lasting memories but also parting gifts that will serve as a testament to Guam playing host to “the Olympics of Pacific Cultures”.

As hosts of 11th FestPac in Honiara, the Solomon Islands joined on the gift exchange and presented a Tafuli’ae (shell money) from Malaita Province and a woodcarving made from a monkey pod tree.

“We hope this will strengthen relationships between us and the sisters and the brothers of the Pacific, now and for the future,” Jeptha Kabei humbly offered.

The woodcarving was made from a dead monkey pod tree that was cut down to pave way for the Festival Village in Hagatna.

Guam governor Eddie Calvo said the carvers have put life back into the dead tree.

“So this will always be that connection between the people of Solomon Islands and the people of Guam,” the Governor said.

Source: Solomon Islands contingent for 12th FestPac 2016/Solomon Today Post

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