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PT Vale supports the preservation of Padoe Language as a gateway to recognizing an ethnic group that was prominent in the 14th century. In future, PT Vale hopes to play a bigger role in the preservation of local cultures where the company operates.
Through language, we can gain an understanding of the culture and mind of a nation or society. There are about 700 languages actively spoken across the Indonesian archipelago; the further east one goes, the more languages there are. In Papua, for example, there are 250 languages but each is used by fewer than 2,500 people. Padoe is one of these 700 live languages.
In 2008, several tribal figures came up with the idea of publishing an Indonesian-Padoe dictionary to maintain the existence of Padoe culture. The dictionary was launched on 6 April 2013.
Drs. Roman Manule and his colleagues began compiling the dictionary in 2008. It contains 10,000 entries consisting of everyday Padoe vocabulary.
PT Vale supported the publication of the Indonesian-Padoe Dictionary by Padoe’s community figures: the dictionary could be a gateway to Padoe culture and enrich the Indonesian vocabulary which continues to grow.
In the local language, the word "Padoe" means "faraway people". A number of folklores note the great number of Pongkiari (war experts) that the Padoe tribe had in the past. With time, however, the Pongkiari slowly disappeared.