“You can now trade you traditional tabus for cash or you can trade cash for tabus and all this can be done at Palna Tabu Limited,” said owner Mr Henry Kubiak.
Mr Henry Kubiak from East New Britain has recently set up a new SME MICRO traditional trade centre for Tabu at the 6 mile Business Centre.
Mr Kubiak said, traditional money has died out over the decades with the modern currency we are using however when it comes to traditional obligations, traditional money plays a vital part in traditional ceremonies.
“If you have some traditional obligations to do at home but you do not have the tabus to do so, then you can come to Palna Tabu Ltd at 6mile business centre and see us for help,” said Mr Kubiak.
“Good thing about us is we are not only focused on the ENB tabus, but we welcome exchange of any traditional money from all over the country for cash and we can give any traditional money to you in exchange of cash.”
He said each traditional money is valued on its’ size, and different sizes come with different prices.
Mr Kubiak said Palna Tabu Ltd is also looking at creating a credit scheme were customers with a formal income can come and get tabus on credit bases and pay off every fortnight.
Traditional money has died out and many have used this traditional money as part of their traditional attire and this has become nothing more than just another traditional “bilas’, however we want to revive the real value of our traditional money, he stated.
“If we can try to preserve culture through tradition through, singsing, bilas and bride price then we must also still try to preserve our traditional money.”
Mr Kabiak said it is sad to see that most Tabus are now gone but Palna Tabu is buying Tabus from Solomon Islands to revive the traditional money.
Mr Kabiak said if you have no good use for dogs’ teeth, pigs’ tasks, shell money and tabus and you throw them around to waste, to bring them down to Palna Tabus Ltd and sell them so they can buy and sell to those that need this traditional money for traditional obligations.
“If you have a marriage ceremony, haus cry, compensation or any duties to perform that may involve traditional money, please come down to Palna Tabus Ltd, your one stop traditional bank,” Mr Kabiak said.
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