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Tabu Shell Money
Traditional / Cultural System

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Administrator Information
Name Stephen DeMeulenaere
E-mail Address stephen.demeulenaere@gmail.com
Position / Job Title Consultant
First Language English
Organization Private Traders
Organization Type Community-Based Organization (Unregistered)
URL Address www.appropriate-economics.org/asia/asia.html#png
Currency System Information
Status Operating
Community Rabaul
City / Urban Area Rabaul
Country Papua New Guinea
E-mail Address stephen_dem@yahoo.com
Medium of Exchange Traditional / Cultural Medium
Unit of Value Units of Independent Value
Valuation Convertible for National Currency
Cost-Recovery Mechanism
  1. Conversion Fee
  2. Community Tax
  3. Positive Interest on loans in local currency
Source of Funding Internal Currency Charges
Purpose for Establishing System Preservation of Traditional Culture
Size of Membership 75,000
Population of Area Served by System 100,000
Main Goods and Services Traded
  1. Basic Needs
  2. Land and Houses
  3. Traditional/Cultural Exchange
Additional Information

Tabu is an ancient traditional currency system that is still in use today by the Tolai people of East New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea. Tabu can be used to pay local taxes, and the Provincial Government is considering receiving Tabu for the payment of Provincial taxes.

Images Gallery
Stephen DeMeulenere in PNG

Stephen DeMeulenere in PNG
I was working as a consultant to the Provincial Government of East New Britain, PNG, on Shell Money as a second official currency in the Province. This picture is taken in the Duke of York Islands where the traditional currency also circulates.

A purse containing Tabu Shell Money

A purse containing Tabu Shell Money

A string of Tabu Shell Money, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea

A string of Tabu Shell Money, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Related Documents: Papua New Guinea, Traditional Currency Systems

Lolois of Tabu in storage in the rafters of a home.

Lolois of Tabu in storage in the rafters of a home.

Measuring Tabu Shell Money

Measuring Tabu Shell Money

Stephen holding Tabu

Stephen holding Tabu
I'm at a traditional funeral in PNG, where the Tabu savings of the deceased are opened up and distributed to all who come to the funeral.

Tabu shell money in its own woven banana leaf purse

Tabu shell money in its own woven banana leaf purse

Villager holding a small roll "Loloi" of Tabu.

Villager holding a small roll "Loloi" of Tabu.

 

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