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Tebe Liku Rai (Suai)

This tebe was filmed during the Cultural Festival 2010 at the President’s Palace in Dili. It was filmed and edited by Victor Sousa for Tatli ba Kultura. TATOLI BA KULTURA is a research project that aims to gain the materials and knowledge necessary to establish the future Academy of Creative Industries in Timor-Leste. I have taken a copy from YouTube to share on Suai Media Space.  The work on the Tatloli ba Kultura YouTube channel shows just how far East Timor has come with its healing. The existence of the tais, the head dress the amount of work gone into recording and editing these videos, show the huge amount of work being done in the country to strengthen traditional culture and learn new communication skills.

“Tebe Liku Rai (dancing drum) consists of 8 -16 of women lined up in two rows with small drums under the armpit and two men in the middle with a Surik (sword), a white handkerchief up in hand while shaking, dancing and shouting while the women dance and play the drums”. TatolibaKultura YouTube Channel.

Tebe Liku Rai iha feto na’in 8 to’o 16 hamrik halo lina rua ho likurai iha kalilin no mane na’in rua iha oin/iha klaran ho surik ou lensu mutin foti ba leten ho tebe, dansa no hakilar wainhira feto sira dansa no baku liku rai. Filme ne’e halo iha Palacio Presidente iha Dili durante Festival Kultura 2010.

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Featuring Cova Lima Artists

As part of our on-going conversation with the people of  Cova-Lima we are pleased to be able to present New Photographs of the paintings and carvings of Cova Lima artists studying at Arte Moris in Dili. Featuring the work of  Aze. Gibrael and Mariana. These are thinking young people casting an artist’s critical eye over the politicians and international community. Many paintings show a deep concern for the health of their treasured traditional culture. What is missing are women artists!

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Social Network Feature Member  is Malae Suai.

Malae is studying  in the Phillippines at Benguet State University La Trinidade, Benguet. He graduated from Technical Vocational (High School) Akar-Laran Sua, Timor-Leste. During 2007 & 2008 he studied at National University of East Timor (Dili). He was studying Animal Science there until he left in January 2009 to increase his knowledge. Now he has changed his course to Veterinary Medicine in Baguio City, Phillippines. See Malae Suai’s latest album of photographs and learn more about Baguio City on the social network.


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