THE documenting of the unique culture of the people of Kubulau District in Bua has been made possible with the launch of a new publication Ecotales from Kubulau: A Guide to the Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape.
The book, launched at the Wildlife Conservation Society office in Suva, is a joint publication by the society and the Coral Reef Alliance.
It showcases the plants and animals that are culturally important to the people who live in the Vatu-i-Ra seascape.
Kubulau chief Ratu Peni Rasigare said the stories, relationship ties, and traditional knowledge were rapidly fading away with modernisation.
"The society and the alliance have provided us with an opportunity to document our culture and way of living which can now be preserved for the future generations of Kubulau," Ratu Peni said.
"The guide also raises awareness about the importance of plants and animals to livelihoods, cultures and ecosystem functions."
Associate author Margaret Fox said the collection of information started in July last year through interviews with a number of elders from the 10 villages in Kubulau district.
The stories come directly from the elders of Kubulau, who have described their association with species for medicines, decorative art, building material, food and totem spirits.
"The majority of the profit collected from the sale of this book goes to the Kubulau Resource Management Committee which consists of village elders from the Kubulau District," Ms Fox said.
The book costs $30 and is available at the University of the South Pacific Book Centre and Jack's of Fiji shops.