Brother LAVITEN MICHAEL – My View of the GOILALA PEOPLE


Brother LAVITEN MICHAEL - My View of the GOILALA PEOPLE

When I first came to live among the Goilala people back in 2003, I came to realize their gesture of welcome and they are wonderful and lovely people.

One can only come and live among them and appreciate how wonderful these people are. Even though the name Goilala is spoil in the city of Port Moresby but up here in these rough terrains and rugged mountains lives the beauty and the heart of different wonderful group of Goilalans starting from Kunimaipa, stretching towards Aiwara & Kerau towards Yongai, Kosipe, Ononge, Fane and down towards Kuni.

People speak the three main languages: Kunimaipa, Tauvade and Fiuge. The name Goilala comes from a place just at the bottom of Kerau Mission Station airstrip. It was the name that early missionaries first encountered when they came into contact the local people from Kerau.

Actually the local people here attracted the early French missionaries with round cabbages to a village near Kerau. Local people during that time never saw white people but these missionaries brought with them sugar and salt and asked the local people to taste it and found it good. This made it possible for them to come close to white people and even gave them the land to settle there. Children are very skillful just the way they live.

Among all these cultural skills learned in the village, most are illiterate and needed basic education.

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