The coastal community of Raluana is located on a mountainside and is about a 30 minute drive from the city of Kokopo. A dirt road runs through the center of the village itself and extends up the mountain from the paved main road running around the Rabaul caldera. Their close proximity to town gives them the opportunity to utilize technologies not available in more remote areas. For example, while some buildings were constructed with layers of palm bound together by cane to form the walls and thatched roofs, we noticed many more homes made with poured cement foundations and were framed and floored with milled lumber. Some of the larger buildings, like the school and the church, are even constructed using cement blocks.

Not only does the community have access to building technologies, but electricity, vehicles, and other appliances as well. The family we stayed with in Raluana owned a pick up truck which they used frequently to go into town or transport water and other supplies around the village. They also had a gas powered burner used for cooking. While fires were used for warmth and some cooking, the majority of the meals were cooked on this burner in the main house. Many of the people we interacted with in Raluana had things like cameras, video cameras, cell phones, and one family had a television. Though it is not in constant use, several members of the community have generators that provide them with electricity when necessary. Often times these generators are shared among a number of families and used for community wide events like watching rugby games broadcasted on the television at the councilor’s house. These types of events are similar to the neighborhood events in the United States, known as block parties. In fact, the structure of the village is very similar to that of a neighborhood. Each house or group of houses generally has a driveway leading into the complex and a fence surrounding the area. Houses in the same vicinity hold group bible studies on a weekly basis and generally act in a polite familiar way like one would see in a neighborhood. This village network is connected by a web of paths leading from house to house and down to the coast where the church, school, and wells are located.

Date Entered: June 2010

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Custom & Culture

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Anuknuk (Elephant Grass)
Woven Ball
Daval Na Lotu (Holy Plant)
Woven Fan
Fish Trap
Food Packets
Fruit and Nut Basket
Woven Mat
Men's Woven Basket
Woven Plate