Milete, leader of the Nihere group from Mueda, explains the principle of Unity after Independence.

"All lineage dance ensembles were to be abandoned in favor of collective village groups, also called “unity groups,” open to the participation of everyone, irrespective of kin or gender. The erosion of lineage as a determining factor for participating in mapiko was on its way already in the colonial period, with the meat-is-meat break; however, the history of that earlier modernism did not register in the recollections of the new villagized groups’ leaders"
In Step with the Times, 162

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