Commemorating Papuan Heroes on Hero’s Day

West Papua Senator Filep Wamafma. Photo: DPD RI Public Relations – Every year on the 10th of November, to be exact, the struggle of the heroes who once fought against colonialism for the sake of the establishment of the Republic of Indonesia is commemorated is commemorated.

Big names from the tip of Sumatra to Maluku, adorn all history textbooks in the world of Indonesian education.

There are Tuanku Imam Bonjol, Sutan Sjahrir, Abdul Muis, Muhammad Yamin, Prince Antasari, Tjilik Riwut, Sultan Hasanuddin, Prince Diponegoro, General Sudirman, RA Kartini, Ki Hadjar Dewantara, Bung Tomo, Pattimura, to the Proclaimers Soekarno and Hatta.

What about the Land of Papua?

Notes History mentions at least five heroes from Papua.

There are Frans Kaisiepo, Marthen Indey, Silas Papare, who were declared national heroes in 1993.

There is Johannes Abraham Dimara who was named a hero in 2010, and there is Machmud Singgirei Rumagesan from West Papua who was named a hero in 2020.

We must admit that their names are rarely discussed in public spaces, for example in history lessons, unless they are used as airport names.

It must be admitted that the names of Papuan heroes are rarely discussed in the public sphere, for example in history lessons.

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