New Guinea Culture Society

New Guinea Culture Society

As a society we promote an understanding for the art, culture, mission and history in Papua New Guinea

Neuendettelsau, situated in Bavaria, Germany, is the hub of the global church activities of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria (ELCB). Initiated by the prophetic visionary Wilhelm Löhe in 1841, a mission seminary trained pastors and missionaries for German migrants and indigenous people in USA, Australia, New Guinea, Africa and Brazil. This international activity is the basis for today’s worldwide links with partner churches.

The archive in Neuendettelsau not only contains a wide range of documents, letters and reports of former employees of the mission society, but also journals, magazines and manuscripts of the German and Australian colonial period. A remarkable photo and film collection is now being categorized and discovered. Attached is an outstanding collection of historic artefacts from Papua New Guinea, which allow a significant insight into the culture and the dynamic of culture change in the periods of mission activity from 1886 until now. The first missionary from Neuendettelsau, who arrived in New Guinea was Johann Flierl. He came to Finschhafen, then the headquarters of the newly established German colony “Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land”.

The aim of our society is to present and expose this singular treasure by planning and erecting a “Museum Niugini Haus”.

Our Objective : To Preserve and Research

The objective of the society is to support the archive of the “Centrum Mission EineWelt” in Neuendettelsau in documenting the historic records, the correspondence, the photo and the film collection. Presently the society is in the process of recording the data of the singular objects in the artefacts-depot. Consequently the cultural and religious change, since the beginning of the colonial period, when the Lutheran Mission began its work in 1886, will become appreciable. By encouraging research, organising seminars and promoting publications the society wants to facilitate a deeper understanding of the history, the mission activity, the culture and art in Papua New Guinea.

The early missionaries

deutsch neu-guineaThe history of the Lutheran mission in Papua New Guinea shows, that the early missionaries soon learned to look profoundly into the culture of the people. Renowned German anthropologists encouraged the missionaries to undertake ethnological and language research. The missionaries soon found, that this was the only basis to initiate the Christian message by bringing peace, abolishing sorcery, tribal warfare and a respect for women in religious and tribal affairs. Renowned museums of ethnology in Vienna, Berlin and elsewhere collected artefacts with the help of missionaries, when these were not really appreciated anymore by the local people, because “western” goods, tools and clothing were more durable and prestigious.

It was only a matter of time, when the missionaries themselves started to collect artefacts in order to present these in a museum, so as to give an insight into the traditional culture and religion, in order to justify their missionary task.

Mission and local customs

The Neuendettelsau missionaries certainly had a diversified judgement of the local customs. With the Christian message they did not want to change everything.” Some customs of the people, while they may be strange at first sight for a European, have a preserving power and are worthwhile to be cultivated by the mission church.” This judgement by Johann Flierl, was generally accepted. It was a precondition of missionary activity to learn the language, the expressions, the symbolism, the songs, the myths and the tribal laws.

 

Why do we propose to erect a museum

The Museum Niugini Haus plans to:

  • show an appreciation of PNG culture
  • tell stories of change, commitment, new found belief, but also failure and disappointments
  • commemorate and honour all persons, who have contributed to the life and development of Church and society.
  • present life stories of indigenous and expatriate mission families - stories of adventure and sacrifices, of unfulfilled hopes, but also of solidarity and fellowship among them.
  • exhibit the culture and the history of Papua New Guinea for individuals, families and groups. With the extensive archival resources - historic photos, documents, letters and artefacts - it is possible to present the culture, as well as the history of intercultural and interchurch developments and changes both in Papua New Guinea and in Germany/Bavaria.

Record of Remembrance

The Museum ”Niugini Haus” will keep the memory of all those alive, who have sympathized and contributed to the cause of Mission among the people of Papua New Guinea. Therefore the contributions for the proposed Museum can be donated in grateful memory of those persons, whose lives have significantly been associated with the history of the Church in Papua New Guinea. An entry into the “Record of Remembrance” is possible with a donation of 100 Euro and above. (Presently we are looking into ways to enable contributions through bank accounts in overseas countries)

Eingang

Spende S

In Erinnerung an

Date

Darlehen D

In memory of

15.11.2011

S (250)

Bischof Dr. Wesley Kigasung – Bishop, first theological Doctor of Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea

15.04.2012

S (200)

Bischof Sir Zurewec, erster einheimischer Bischof und Frau Eleju – First indigenous Bishop of the Lutheran Church

 

 

 

18.07.2012

S (200)

Wilhelm und Hertha Fugmann, Finschhafen, Madang, Lae

19.07.2012

S (200)

Fritz und Jutta Bergmann, Finschhafen, Kaiapit

19.07.2012

S (200)

Martin und Imma Zimmermann, Raipinka

03.09.2012

D (-)

Erna Stöckle, geb. Wagner

02.11.2012

S (300)

Dr. Willi Flierl, Landeskenner und Bibelübersetzer

Country Expert and Bible Translator

19.11.2012

S (200)

Martin Doblies, Johann Flierls Mitarbeiter, Cooktown, Australien

Coworker of Johann Flierl in Cooktown

28.01.2013

S (200)

Haringkec Bai, Pionierevangelist, Dichter von Kirchenliedern

Pioneer Evangelist and Hymn Composer

28.01.2013

S (200)

David Anam, Ngasegalatu, Lehrer, bekannt für seine Kirchenkunst - Teacher and Church Artist

28.01.2013

S (200)

Dr.h.c.Christian Keyßer, Missionar, Lehrer, Missionswissenschaftler – Missionary, Teacher, Missiologist

05.09.2013

S (300)

Herbert und Annemarie Junker, Gründung von Kol (1958) Pastorenseminar Ogelbeng (1963-1969)- Founding of Kol Station in 1958, Ogelbeng Seminary 1963-1969

10.10.2013

S (250)

Heinrich Fellmann, erster deutscher, methodistischer Missionar und Bibelübersetzer, Bismarck Archipel – first German Methodist Missionary and Bibeltranslator of the Bismarck Archipelago

10.10.2013

S (100)

Missionskinder, die als Soldaten im 2. Weltkrieg gefallen sind – sons of missionary families killed as soldiers in World War 2

Hermann Bamler, Walther Bamler, Paul Döbler, Ulrich Flierl, Oswald Flierl, Siegfried Flierl, Hans Langholf, Gerhard Langholf, Johannes Pfalzer, Otto Pfalzer, Karl Schuster, Friedrich Strehlow, Hermann Strehlow, Siegfried Wacke, Johannes Ziegler, Walther Zwanzger, Michael Zwanzger

19.11.2013

S (570)

Bischof Dr. Wesley Kigasung, Bishop, first theological Doctor of Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea

30.07.2014 S (1000) Leonhard und Ottilie Flierl, Missionarsehepaar im Kâte Gebiet; ab 1921 unternahm Leonhard Flierl zahlreiche Forschungs- und Entdeckungsreisen ins Hochland.Missionary in Kâte area, from 1921 onward pioneer explorer into the highlands.
17.11.2015 S (200)

Gerhard und BärbelMessner, von 1968-1978, Finanzdirektor der Kirche, ab 1973 Geschäftsführer der Entwicklungsorganisation Namasu. Gerhard was finance director of ELC-PNG until 1973, later general manager of Namasu.

Neuendettelsau

Once an insignificant peasant village – now a nucleus of global partnership in mission

mission-seminary neuendettelsau 1853Neuendettelsau, situated in Bavaria, Germany, is the hub of the global church activities of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria (ELCB). Initiated by the prophetic visionary Wilhelm Löhe in 1841 and his coworker Friedrich Bauer , the seminary primarily trained pastoral workers for German migrants in USA (1842), Australia (1860)and Brazil (1897), later the seminary trained missionaries were mainly commissioned to work among the indigenous people in Australia (1878), New Guinea (1886), and Africa (1886). This international activity is the basis for the present worldwide links with partner churches.

Today’s “Centrum Mission EineWelt” therefore has a unique archive with documents, letters and photos from former co-workers of the Neuendettelsau Mission. Attached is a remarkable collection of historic artefacts from Papua New Guinea, which allow a significant insight into the culture and the dynamic of culture change in the periods of mission activity from 1886 until now.

 

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