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Melanesian Council of Elders

Seven Culture Groups from West Papua

La-Pago, Mee-Pago, Tabi, Saireri, Anim-Ha, Domberai and Bomberai the seven cultural/ administrative groups in West Papua.

Four REGIONS IN PNG

Highlands Islands, Momase and Southern regions will be represented by Elders at Melanesia level.

2 GROUPS FROM Solomon Islands

Representatives of Big and small islands across the country.

2 Cultural Groups from Fiji

One elder from Native Melanesian and another elder from Indian Fijian.

7 Groups from Vanuatu

Represented by Nikoleten Council of Chiefs, represented Chiefs across 7 Provincial Territories in Vanuatu

2 Groups from Kanaky

One group from native and another group from non-native elders.

2 Groups from Bougainville

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Spirit Beings

Spirit beings will be represented by Melanesian Shamans, spiritual leaders, religious leaders.

Material Beings

Material beings represented by plants, animals, mater and landscapes across Melanesian archipelago

About the Elders

The Melanesian Elders are those individual elders and families, clans and ethnic groups that already have special attention and focus on Melanesian issues, and already taking steps towards a Future Melanesia.


The Melanesian Elders will be selected by Wewo Kotokay and his core team members from each clan or ethnic group across Melanesia.


Melanesian Council of Elders function as the modern "Haus Man" (Men's House) of Melanesian peoples.


Melanesian Council of Elders represent families, clans, ethnic groups, spirits, plants, animals, mater, and lanscapes or seascapes that each elder represent. They can spread their voices and opinions either individually or collectively and speak to all Melanesian tribes.

How the Elders are Appointed?

The elders will be appointed primarily based on encounter with Wewo Kotokay, as the "Kotokay" was anointed by Council of Tribes in Vanuatu in 2004, approved by tribespeoples in Ireland (2007), and appointed by the Koteka Tribal Assembly in West Papua (2000).

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When the Elders meet?

The elders will me at least once a year, but they can also meet more than once a year or once in two years, depending on needs and invitations.

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How the Elders meet?

The Melanesian Council of Elders will meet both physically but also primarily we will promote Online Meeting to make the meetings continue from time to time at almost no cost.

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What are the main Tasks of the Elders?

The main task of the Melanesian Council of Elders is to keep the "Spirit of Melanesia" in psychological terms burn and expand across Melanesia; and in  "Spirits in Melanesia" in theological terms

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Where the Elders meet?

The elders will physically meet in Wamena (West Papua), Goroka (PNG), and Tanna (Vanuatu). These places can be changed in the future. 

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How will the Elders organised?

Melanesian Council of Elders are organised in Melanesian Way, every elder is the top leader of every family, clan, ethnic group, region, country, they all stand and speak equally.

However, there is a protocol role to be held by all alders in turn, according to where they come from, starting from the place when the sun rises, and end where the sun sets.

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