The Patea Eco-Enterprise Project aims to help the Patea people of the central highlands nurture, recover and express their culture within their remote tribal community.
The Trust Company
The project was initiated through a theatre group partnership that brought the clans and researcher together to revive stories important to their culture. Performances by the group such as ‘Tears of the Rainforest’ continue to tell the story of how their cultural land is being lost to large-scale resource extraction and development activities.
This project is developing a whole-of-life approach to wellbeing and capacity building for this tribe, which numbers approximately 93,000. The Trust Company, Melbourne, continues to provide support for the initiative through its Foundation.
This work extends from the Globalism Research Centre national study, concluded in 2010. A publication entitled Sustainable communities, sustainable livelihoods: alternative pathways to development in Papua New Guinea, published by University of Hawaii Press, is available.
Project team: Chief Investigator Yaso Nadarajah with Priyanka Patel (research assistant)