Sunday, July 28, 2019

1) Military patrol finds marijuana trees on Indonesia-PNG border

     2)  A researcher highlights an importance of preserving koteka     

1) Military patrol finds marijuana trees on Indonesia-PNG border
13 hours ago

Battalion 126 / KC Patrol found marijuana trees around Banda village, Keerom District, Indonesia-PNG border, Saturday (July 27). (Yonif Doc. 126 KC)            

Jayapura (ANTARA) - Patrol of the Battalion 126 / KC security task force has found a marijuana trees planted in a border area between the Indonesian province of Papua's Banda village, Waris Sub-district, Keerom District, and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Commander of the battalion Lieutenant Colonel Infantry Mulyo Junaidi told ANTARA in Jayapura on Sunday that a routine patrol carried out by its members on Saturday (July 27) found six marijuana trees and a package containing dried marijuana which was allegedly not taken by the owner.

Initially members of the patro found a package containing dried marijuana while resting on the edge in the middle of the forest.

Shortly after finding a package containing dried marijuana, a group led by Chief Sergeant Ruslan Simamora conducted sweeping around a hut and found a cannabis tree as high as around 20-60 cm.

"Patrol members were able to go back to sweeping, but did not find the marijuana tree so they returned to the post carrying six cannabis trees and one package of dried marijuana," Mulyo said, adding that the discovery of the cannabis tree estimated that there were plants on the mountain.

The Indonesia-PNG border with hilly terrain and wilderness is used as a group of people to harvest marijuana trees which are then sold to Jayapura (capital of Papua Province) and surrounding areas.

Reporter: Evarukdijati/Eliswan Azly
Editor: Bambang Purwanto

         2)  A researcher highlights an importance of preserving koteka     
11 hours ago

Jayapura (ANTARA) - The Papua Archaeological Center's researcher, Hari Suroto, highlighted the importance of teaching "koteka" (penis gourd) at schools in the central mountainous region of Papua Province as one of the ways to preserve the cultural heritage of indigenous Papuans.

"One way to preserve koteka is teaching it at schools ranging from elementary to middle levels in the central mountainous region of Papua," Suroso said in Jayapura on Sunday.

Koteka is made of water pumpkin skin, Lagenaria siceraria. The contents and old pumpkin seeds are removed and the skin is dried. Literally, this word means "clothing" which derived from of the native language of one of the tribes in Paniai.

The central mountainous region of Papua covers ten districts namely Jayawijaya, Puncak Jaya, Pegunungan Bintang, Tolikara, Yahukimo, Nduga, Yalimo, Lani Jaya, Mamberamo Tengah, and Puncak.

Suroso said, koteka can be included as local content teaching materials at schools in the central mountainous region of Papua. To support this effort, it is necessary to develop a curriculum for the local content of Koteka.

"By teaching it to the younger generation, it is hoped that this cultural heritage will not disappear because the number of koteka users in Papua is decreasing," he said.

Despite the fact that the use of koteka as traditional clothing has diminished, many tribes in the central mountains of Papua still plant water pumpkin (Lagenaria siceraria) as raw materials for making koteka.

"This pumpkin is still planted by the tribes of Dani t, Mee, Amungme , Lani, Yali and Mek ," he said.

Not all members of young generation in the central mountains of Papua today still use koteka. They do not even know that it is inherited from their ancestors.

Suroso said, in the future, it is feared that pumpkin will only be regarded as a vegetable for consumption and medicine for typhoid or a sore throat, while koteka is sold as a souvenir. Concrete steps are needed to preserve koteka by teaching it at schools.
Reporter: Musa Abubar/Eliswan Azly
Editor: Rahmad Nasution

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