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Savunese residing outside of the Savu Islands update friends and relatives on the islands and elsewhere by radiogramming their news. The radiogram is an important part of Savunese tradition, keeping friends and relatives up-to-date on family matters. It is an expeditious option to relay information, when there is no telephone or internet service available.

Savunese radiogram messages typically concern life's major events, such as the birth of a child or the passing of a loved one (the so-called family's message - a grief message). Radiograms are also used to alert family when someone is returning home, so they can be collected at the harbour. Listeners are usually asked to pass the message on. Such messages also inform people when they can board a ferry, since schedules are not always reliable.

The notice board serves the same function as the radiogram by passing on family messages. Any Savunese (or anyone related in some way to Savunese) wishing to post a message on the notice board can submit their message via the form below. The sender needs to include their name and address and the name and address of the people to whom the message is addressed. See below for examples of radiogram-style messages.

Too avoid misuse, anyone posting a message must provide their contact details, which will not be released or used for any purpose other than verification. However, we cannot take responsibility for any inaccuracies or false information contained in any messages appearing on the notice board. Messages may be edited for clarity and are published in good faith.

Example radiograms:

a) Grief message:

The parties concerned: A Grief message from Ama Kale Muhu and family (or from the big family of Muhu in Califonia, USA) is addressed to the big family of Muhu, Kale, Radja, Dj'ara, Rohi in Illinois-USA, Savu, Rai Djua, Koepang, Java, Maumere-Indonesia and Sydney-Australia, as well as friends and relatives, wherever they may be.

Message content: Please be informed that our brother, son, grandson/great grandson B'ole Kale, son of Ama Kale Muhu and Ina Kale Muhu in California passed away on January 1st, 2010. The funeral will be held on January 5th, 2010. To anyone who happens to read this message and has knowledge of the families mentioned above, please forward this message. Your kindness is appreciated.

b) Travel plans:

The parties concerned: A radiogram from Ama Kale Muhu in California-USA addressed to Ina Kale Muhu and all relatives in Lede Unu-Rai Djua.

Message content: I will be leaving from the USA on the 5th of March 2015 along with other family members, bringing the hair (reu ketu) of our son B'ole Kale who passed away in year 2010. We will be arriving on Rai Hawu ferry to Savu (the main land), on the 2nd of April 2015 at 10.00am. Please fetch us from Biu Harbour in Eastern Savu. To anyone who reads this message, please pass it on to the relevant people, mentioned above. Your kindness is highly appreciated.

Source: Postcard of the Savu Islands, Volume II

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