- Tomas Dietz
- Flamenco Dancer/Teacher
Apart from being a Flamenco dancer and teacher, I'm passionate about the rescue of traditional Motu culture. There is an urgent humanitarian need to protect ancient Motu culture, knowledge and skills from further dilution, degradation, and ultimately its irretrievable loss to urbanisation. I'm looking to establish a well organised and operated cultural heritage programme for the Motu people to achieve this. This programme would aim to give the younger generation relevance to and pride in authentic traditional cultural expression, and to provide them cultural information that is currently not widely available or accessed (eg cultural heritage material that is locked away in museums). Thus the programme would help to inspire and empower young Motuans to learn about, embrace and maintain their ancient heritage. To this end I'm looking to team up with like-minded people with the same vision, objectives and passion. The dilution of Motu culture is happening at an alarming rate and something must be done about it as a matter of priority.
- Do you have any audio or audiovisual records of Motu culture, especially songs and dances? If so is such material accessible? My family is Motu and we practice traditional singing and dancing and present public performances to the Australian community. I am trying to collect and preserve cultural information so that it remains alive and authentic, as it's my cultural heritage, before the practice of it becomes diluted and unknown to the younger generation of Motuans who are becoming increasingly urbanised. I appreciate any advice you can give me.