The story surrounding the issues that led to the demolition of the nagol or Pentecost land dive tower at Lonoror Airport nearly two weeks ago by 150 men from Wawan in South Pentecost is getting quite intriguing and also revealing.
Now, a man by the name of George Bliekon (otherwise sometimes referred to as George Bule) has approached the Daily Post to say he is the direct descendent of the woman he calls Mambonliv, who he says initiated the idea the ‘ngol ambal’ has been copied to this day.
“We the direct descendants of Mambonliv are sorry that we have been quiet all this time, while others unrelated to her have been talking or causing disputes for the ngol ambal,” Bliekon says.
He adds however that he is confident that at the meeting of the high chiefs of Pentecost scheduled to be held at Lonoror tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss the issue of the nagol will rule in their favor on the full right of ownership of the ngol ambal.
George Bliekon says he comes from a sixth generation of sons originating from the woman, Mambonliv, with her new husband, after her abusive husband jumped after her from a palm tree (not a banyan tree) to his death while she survived with vines she tied to her ankles. The new husband, a chief, had five wives altogether, Bliekon says, and that he is descended from the woman and her new husband.
Bleikon even has documents from the Ske Council of Chiefs of South Pentecost making reference to ownership of the ngol ambal and confirming that the ritual was and is initiated at a place called Slie, in Southeast Pentecost, almost directly opposite from Lonoror on the Southwest coast. Slie is believed to be the historical village where everything in Ske culture began, including population, migration, construction and custom.
The boundary of this culture exists to this day and still bears the land marks and historical sites, according to George Bliekon.
He goes on to explain that “gol” from which the nagol in Bislama comes from, in Ske language means “causing own death”, but not any other meaning as recorded in the Vanuatu Kaljerol Senta and other places around the world.
Bliekon revealed that his family has been seeking to register their ownership of the copyright for the ngol ambal for some years until they heard about the Copyright law that was enacted by Parliament in 2003 and now they are in the process of completing the registration.