Efforts to Preserve Culture
PBF sponsors cultural studies
PBF funds studies that document Fijian culture, much of which has not been observed outside of Fiji. Collections of interviews and stories are gathered to record traditions and gain a better understanding of the culture. PBF collaborates with various agencies, such as the Ministry of Fijian Affairs Institute of Language and Culture, to document songs, chants, and other long-held customs so traditional knowledge can be retained and remembered.
PBF promotes awareness of traditional customs
Island communities often held traditions that demonstrated awe for the environment, recognizing their dependence on its resources. PBF hopes to revive customs that evoke a sense of pride for island culture and empower communities as they celebrate traditions that safeguard ecosystems once revered by ancestors. The Fijian Canoe Racing event, Veitau Waqa, The Boat Lives, is held annually to showcase Fijian tradition and emphasize the cultural significance of the Camakau.
PBF provides funding to preserve ancient ways of life
Traditions can be preserved if they are appreciated, practiced, and passed down. PBF promotes the preservation of island culture by sponsoring community members to learn traditional techniques, such as sailing the Camakau. These techniques can then be handed down to younger generations. Children partake in the Bakanawa races at the Veitau Waqa event, acquainting them with Fiji’s boating heritage at a young age.