The Bellona Supreme Traditional Cultural Council of Chiefs recently unveiled its newly established constitution, marking a significant milestone in their mission to safeguard their customs and traditional values. Chief Henry Teho, speaking to Tavuli News, expressed the council’s collective determination to protect and preserve their unique cultural heritage. As a minority group in the Solomon Islands, Teho emphasized the importance of preserving the Bellonese culture, recognizing its value and contribution to the country.
Chief Teho revealed that the process of developing the constitution commenced in November 2020 and was successfully completed in October 2021, paving the way for its official launch in June 2023. He expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for their support in organizing the launch event, recognizing the significance of the Bellonese culture, traditions, and artifacts as valuable tourism assets for the Solomon Islands.
The launch ceremony was attended by distinguished guests, including the Chief Guest, Samuel Manetoali, Minister for Traditional Governance, Peace and Ecclesiastical Affairs, as well as representatives from the United Kingdom and China. The Chinese Embassy representatives expressed their privilege in being invited to witness the historic constitution launching ceremony. They highlighted China’s commitment to protecting and promoting cultural diversity, citing President Xi Jinping’s Global Civilization Initiative, which advocates for equality among different civilizations and cultures. The Chinese Embassy expressed pride in assisting the Bellona Supreme Traditional Cultural Council and the Bellona people in promoting their traditional way of life.
Through the launch of their constitution, the Bellona Supreme Traditional Cultural Council reaffirms their dedication to upholding their customs and traditional values, ensuring their rich cultural heritage endures for generations to come.
Note: This story was first broadcast by Tavuli News on 19 June 2023