CULTURE IN CRISIS.

Written & Produced by Liz Thompson
For a transcript of this program please go to
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/earth/stories/s65998.htm

Produced for Earthbeat – ABC Radio National

Synopsis

The history of Bougainville is a bloody one. For nearly a decade the island was the site of an ugly conflict over who has the rights to the profits from the island’s lucrative copper deposits: the locals, or the Papua-New Guinean government and Australian business interests.

During this latest war, many Bougainvilleans went bush. They returned to their traditional methods of food production, magic and healing, and revitalised skills that were at risk of being lost in the rapid modernisation of the country.

The island is currently in a process of reconciliation, and Bougainvilleans are rebuilding their lives and communities.

CULTURE IN CRISIS.

This program was produced for Earthbeat on ABC Radio National.
For a transcript of this program please go to 
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/earth/stories/s65998.htm

Synopsis

The history of Bougainville is a bloody one. For nearly a decade the island was the site of an ugly conflict over who has the rights to the profits from the island’s lucrative copper deposits: the locals, or the Papua-New Guinean government and Australian business interests.

During this latest war, many Bougainvilleans went bush. They returned to their traditional methods of food production, magic and healing, and revitalised skills that were at risk of being lost in the rapid modernisation of the country.

The island is currently in a process of reconciliation, and Bougainvilleans are rebuilding their lives and communities.