Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Garamut

The Garamut is a communication system used by many villages in PNG.  People have developed signals or beats they use to notify people in the village and it can be heard from up to 5 km away.  The garamut in our village was made in 1970.  A Kwila tree, which is known for it’s hard wood, was cut down in the bush quite a way from the village. They built a fence around the fallen tree and several men cut the log down to size and carved out the inside.  When it is finished they carried it to the village under cover and had a special celebrations.  They have a signal for emergencies, fights or wars, announcement of a death and as a way to communicate with men who might be working in a far away garden.  Each family has a signal or beat that they all know. 

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