The 20th PON Mascot and Tagline Symbol of Papuan identity

Normally, organizers of large scale sports events always bring out characteristics of mascots and taglines and the 20th Papua PON XX Papua do not want to miss it. If the Olympic mascot and the tagline symbolize the identity of the host country on an international scale, the Asian Games and the SEA Games on a regional scale, then the mascot and tagline of the 20th Papua PON also have a special meaning that symbolizes the identity of the Papua Province.

As a tagline as well as a theme song,the Grand Committee of the 20th Papua PON XX has introduced “Torang Bisa!”. The phrase “People Can!” is atypical Papuan word spoken to give the athletes fighting spirit. Torang itself is an abbreviation of “we the people”. On the word “can”, the red color notch symbolizes the existence of energy, strength, desire, courage, a symbol of fire, and the achievement of goals. Meanwhile, the black color is pinned on the word “torang” to symbolize self esteem.

The 20th PON Mascot and Tagline Symbol of Papuan identity

Meanwhile, Papua prepared the mascots “Kangpho” and “Drawa”which are used in the 20th PON event. “Kangpho” is an abbreviation of the golden mantle tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus pulcherrimus), anendemic animal belonging to Papua. The tree kangaroo is a typical for est animal in Papua. Although both are marsupials or mammals that have a pouch in their stomach, tree kangaroos are different from kangaroos in Australia. Tree kangaroos live in trees and feed on seeds and young leaves from large trees. The body is also smaller than the Australian kangaroo.

In the 20th PON mascot, Kangpho is depicted as carrying a PON torch with a headband and tassels on the head and waist. Band with tassels on the head are a symbol of greatness for men. The tassels on the waist are usu-ally worn by women, which symbolizes a warm and friendly welcome in Papua.

There is a Papuan carving that is famous throughout the world on the belt and sleeves of the Kangpho mascot. This carving is related to the spirituality of life and respect for the ancestors who always live in the minds and hearts of the Papuan people.

The Kangpho mascot also wears a crown of snow peak as a characteristic of Papua’s Jayawijaya mountains,which has continuous snow. The Jayawijaya summit, with the highest peak in the Sudirman Mountains (Sudirman Range), has a height of 4,884 meters above sea level. Mount Jayawijaya is one of the seven highest peaks in the world.

Meanwhile, the Draw a mascot of the 20th Papua PON is a mascot in the form of a Cenderawasih bird or the Latin name paradisaea raggiana. Cenderawasih is a medium sized chirping bird with a length of about 34 cm (genus paradisaea). In the world,there are 30 species of Cenderawasi hand 28 of them are in Papua. One of them is the apoda type or also known as the golden tailed Cenderawasih. This type of Cenderawasih is what we often encounter because it is used as a crown. At the 20th PON in particular, a group of Papuan youths appealed to the committee and the public not to make the Cenderawasih crown as a souvenir. The reason is that it may result in the hunting of the Cenderawasih bird.

The red and white medal strapadorned at Drawa’s necklace symbolizes togetherness in competing for medals within the framework of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI). While the three circles inside indicate the classification of gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Furthermore, the yellow color on the head and tail is the true color of Cenderawasih which symbolizes the spirit of warmth and joy. This color also shows Papua as a rich land.While the torch held by each mascot shows a strong spirit and blazes like afire to compete for achievements by upholding sportsmanship.

Similar to Kangpho, Drawa also hasa crown and wears a Papuan tassel.Although the two mascots use different types, they actually have the same meaning.

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