Dung Verei: Sound of the Island

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About Sandy Sur and The Leweton Cultural Group as shared in: 

Gender, Creativity, and Cultural Heritage: A Case Study of the Vanuatu Women’s Water Music

In 2008, a Mwerlap man named Sandy Sur was living on the fringe of Luganville, Espiritu Santo, the second biggest town in Vanuatu with a population of almost 15,000. Sandy brought together the Mwerlap community living in and around Luganville and facilitated the establishment of a conscious community – a peri-urban “cultural village” – for the dual purpose of maintaining cultural heritage and presenting their cultural heritage to tourists. They named their village “Leweton” being an acronym of six of the villages they came from on Gaua and Merelava. With support from the New Zealand High Commission the Leweton group constructed a purpose-built “pool” for performing the water music and then constructed a “cultural village” around it.

READ MORE: Gender, Creativity, and Cultural Heritage: A Case Study of the Vanuatu Women’s Water Music

Author: Thomas Dick 

Affiliations: Further Arts & Southern Cross University In the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.

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