Tumbuna Pasin Day

Kundu drum making skills slowly dying out

However, he is faced with one problem, and that is, the lack of interest shown by the young generation.

Clectus is from the Tavir cultural group on the Tangai Island, an LLG in the Namatanai District of New Ireland Province.

Currently, he is one of the only few on the island, with this skill as the older generations have already passed on.

Clectus says he carved his first Kundu drum while he was still in high school, which at that time took him about six months to complete.

Tumbuna Pasin Day underway at Nature Park

Currently underway at the Port Moresby Nature Park, this event is showcasing a variety of traditional practices including culinary, dances and art.

Performances include sago making, carving masks and totems, basket weaving, traditional painting, dances, fire making, and food processes such as aigir, maget, cassava cake and kulau jam among others.

Hosted in a relaxing and free environment, this first of its kind event is fast attracting both local and international audiences.