YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA – On September 14 in Yogyakarta, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Division of State Bureau of Training and Cultural Affairs Lee Satterfield joined representatives of Indonesia’s arts and training group at a U.S. Embassy-hosted gala luncheon celebrating U.S assist for Indonesian heritage preservation. The occasion centered round a U.S.-funded culinary heritage undertaking and featured conventional recipes and native elements collected by the group main a historic effort to protect Indonesia’s various culinary heritage and meals traditions. The multiyear “Pusaka Rasa Nusantara” undertaking led by the Nusa Gastronomy Basis is funded by U.S. Embassy Jakarta by way of the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program (AFCP).
AFCP helps tasks to protect a variety of cultural heritage together with historic buildings, archaeological websites, ethnographic objects, work, manuscripts, and indigenous languages and different types of conventional cultural expression. Since its inception, the Fund has supported greater than 900 cultural preservation tasks in additional than 200 nations. Since 2001, 9 tasks in Indonesia have been funded, together with manuscript preservation coaching for the Surakarta and Yogyakarta palaces (2001), restoration of architectural glass art work at Bandung Institute of Know-how (2006), conservation of megalithic standing in Central Sulawesi (2010), and the restoration of the Tjong A Fie Mansion heritage constructing in Medan, North Sumatra (2014).
Assistant Secretary Satterfield underscored the significance of preserving and connecting cultures on the occasion saying, “Right this moment we’re celebrating the meals which have fueled a tradition and a folks for generations. By the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, the USA and native companions can now doc and share these culinary traditions with future generations of Indonesians, and the worldwide group.”
Indonesia boasts greater than 1,340 tribes with their very own distinctive recipes. Many are being forgotten as a result of mass meals manufacturing and a reliance on oral traditions to go down recipes from technology to technology. Below the present AFCP undertaking, Nusa Indonesian Gastronomy Basis is preserving Indonesia’s culinary heritage and conventional practices by documenting indigenous recipes, conserving the culinary practices, recipes, and traditions that underpin Indonesia’s various cultural identities. The undertaking additionally seeks to empower native ladies enterprise homeowners and spotlight the hyperlink between native meals traditions and sustainable agricultural practices. Pusaka Rasa Nusantara is the primary undertaking in AFCP’s 20-year historical past to focus particularly on preserving culinary heritage and meals traditions.
The Pusaka Rasa Nusantara group companions with ministries, native governments, nationwide and native media, foodies, native communities, influencers, and gastronomy lovers. The group’s new “Penjaga Rasa” group is a spot the place guardians of conventional recipes can share their tales and challenges. Pusaka Rasa Nusantara’s analysis has to date led the group throughout the archipelago with journeys to Sula, Yogyakarta, and Padang, and areas for upcoming journeys embody Sumba, Kalimantan, Belitung.
The U.S. Embassy and Nusa Gastromony Basis launched Pusaka Rasa Nusantara in November 2021, in partnership with the Directorate Common of Tradition, Ministry of Tradition and Training, as a part of Pekan Kebudayaan Nasional. On the launch, Ambassador Kim famous, “As we construct again higher after the COVID-19 pandemic, we rejoice these important parts in our lives that maintain and nourish us—and the methods during which people categorical their id even whereas fulfilling our fundamental wants.”
The September 14 gala occasion in Yogyakarta additionally featured performances by famous Indonesian alumni of U.S. authorities change and packages:
- Peni Candra Rini, who obtained a OneBeat Accelerator grant following her 2014 participation within the OneBeat change for her undertaking “Kinanthi Kunci Ati,’ a sequence of authentic compositions and preparations of conventional gamelan music written for string quartet.
- Papermoon Puppet Theatre, individuals within the U.S. sponsored Heart Stage program in 2012, who’re primarily based in Yogyakarta and use puppets to create multimedia performances that spark dialogue amongst audiences and artists.
- Nalitari, an inclusive dance group primarily based in Yogyakarta, which emerged in from a 2013 U.S. Embassy workshop, and helps members of the disabled group unite and categorical creativity by way of dance.