Dr. Gae Gowae on Siboma Land Titles

The location where the current Kui village is belongs to the Sakia clan of Bapi. Indeed, the Sakia clan of Bapi village were settling inland on the land known as Bisadro (Pisadro) before they moved back to Bapi village because they were tired being used by Siboma people to do all the work for the white men. It was the Sakia clan leaders that asked certain Kuwi family to come and settle in the bay now known as Kuwi village. The rest of the Kuwi people moved in later. The land boundaries between Paiawa, Siboma, Sakia clan of Bapi and Kuwi were demarcated during 1964 Land Titles Commission Hearing. This could also help to explain the territories of the Paiawa, Siboma, Sakia clan of Bapi and Kuwi.

I am one of the descendants of the Sakia clan living in the Siboma village now. Abu bamo (Gigitaia bamo or kandel bamo) is truly a Bapi man. I went to the National Court in 1999 to seek the reinforcement of Land Titles Commission Decision in 1964, and National Court upheld my appeal. So while I am a Siboma man, I am also a Sakia clan member of Bapi village.

Joel, I met you during your recent visit to Siboma, passing through Port Moresby. We had dinner together at Sagowa Langa’s place, together with Jacob Sawanga. In fact, I attended your farewell party in the Siboma village in 1976 after I completed Grade 10 at the Bumayong high school.

Dr. Gae Gowae
Environmental Science & Geography, UPNG

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New church dedication singsing video


Singsing to celebrate new church building in Siboma. (Video via Kilau Siga.)

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New church dedication singsing

Singsing celebrations to dedicate new church building, July 2020. (Photos via Kilau Siga.)

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New Siboma church building

New church building in Siboma village dedicated in July 2020. (Photos via Kilau Siga.)

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Tilapa Woya Baluga, 2019

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Siboma Village, 2019

Sayama

Sayama end of Siboma


Ombonara

Ombonara end of Siboma

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Ewesika wa tamota tilapa woya, 2019


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Tilapa Woya Baruga, 1976

On the way back from the 1976 Sam, young men and women from the Numbami delegation performed their Singsing Baruga at Kela village (called Manindala in the Kala language), with whom the Siboma villagers had helped sponsor delegates. Here are a few photos from that performance.

Tilapa woya baluga. Titabinga ata.

Titabinga ata

Tilapa woya baluga. Titabinga ata.


Kolapa luwa tisipi sa ambamba.
Kolapa luwa tisipi sa ambamba

Kolapa luwa tisipi sa ambamba


Ekapa to kolapa tilapa woya baluga.
Baluga

Ekapa to kolapa tilapa woya baluga

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Scenes from the 1976 Sam at Busama

Young man enters wielding war club.

Warclub at Sam 1976

Young man enters wielding war club


Bumewe ilapa ambamba ipandalowa ima.
Linguist beating kundu drum

Bumewe ilapa ambamba ipandalowa ima


Kolapa tilapa ambamba tipandalowa tima.
sam1976-man-singsingikam

Kolapa tilapa ambamba tipandalowa tima


Kolapa tikarati wai woyama inggo inalapa woya baluga.
sam1976-man-iredi

Kolapa tikarati wai woyama inggo inalapa woya baluga


Tilapa woya baluga. Kolapa teulu tidudunga.
Tidudunga

Tilapa woya baluga. Kolapa teulu tidudunga.


Kolapa titota ata ditako. Kole te inumu yabokole.
singsing-smokebreak

Kolapa titota ata ditako. Kole te inumu yabokole

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Siboma Village Scenes, 1976

One side of Siboma village in 1976

Siboma village

Siboma village, 1976


Siboma village council house and central plaza
sibomahauskaunsil

Siboma council house and central plaza


Daniel Siga’s lumana (bachelor quarters) and beachfront
Siga na lumana

Daniel Siga’s lumana (bachelor quarters) and beachfront


Village house under construction
sibomahausoliwokim

Siboma village house under construction


Allocating goods for a village party
Preparing to party

Allocating goods for a village party

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