My name is Joycelin Kauc Leahy and I live in Brisbane, Australia. I am from Papua New Guinea. I created the name Tribalmystic about 20 years ago because I think I am tribal and mystic in many ways.
I have many interests. I write about the Art, Culture and Heritage of Melanesian and Papua New Guinea people, because I am one and I am passionate about my heritage. I also write about interesting people, places and objects that have extraordinary stories. Some of my posts are about international issues I believe in, such as, how we can protect the earth and contribute to a better place for our future generations. Climate Change issues should be all our concerns – not just the politicians. I believe we should make time to also protect all life-forms and their habitats. Imagine life without plants, trees and all the creatures, we don’t want that.
Women have the right to an equal place and participation in anywhere in the world. End violence against women now.
My own story
I am part of a tribe. I was raised by my mother and grandmother. Like many indigenous people that continue to struggle to hold on to their heritage, I feel that it is my responsibility to work hard to protect, preserve and sustain what belongs to my people. The blog is one way of promoting and protecting my heritage. I urge all Melanesians to protect their culture.
I come from a small village called Wagang, outside Lae, Morobe Province. I am an Ahe woman. My biological father is Australian, whom I met when was 19-years-old. That’s another story.
I studied Journalism (University of Papua New Guinea) and also completed a Masters in Museum Studies (University of Queensland). While this kind of education is important for the world we live in, I have learnt more by following my mother, grandmother, uncles and aunties when I was growing up. We learnt from our elders. The connection we have with land, animals, spirits and our ancestors remains a powerful force within me. For example, if I hear certain birds cry, I know the messages they are sending me. My friends often joke that I am psychic as what we know in the western world, but really, the magic is in observing, being in and feeling one with nature.
For tribal and indigenous people around the world I would like to say – please fight to protect your heritage. Once it’s gone, it’s lost. Your languages for instance. Speak it and teach your children. Make time to practice.
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