Let’s Save Indonesian’s Traditional Games
Ways to save Indonesian traditional game in this current age.
Words by Whiteboard Journal
Traditional game is a children’s game that is played by two or more people who aim for entertainment. In Indonesia, there are many traditional games found in various tribes in Indonesia. The data (Zaini, 2017) the founders of the traditional game community are currently carrying around 2,500 types of traditional games in Indonesia, this data has been taken from Aceh to Maluku. However, times have changed, children are starting to not recognize the traditional game. As reported by kompas.com in an interview by (Sudarma, 2015) the head of the traditional sports field on his visit to East Java say that “almost in all villages in East Java, Indonesia has not found traditional games such as gobak sodor, tarik tambang, bakikak, patil lele, etc”. This phenomenon occurs because of the rapid development of science and technology in Indonesia. Because science and technology children are more interested in online games that are more interesting. In this essay, will focus on giving solutions how to preserve traditional games including; cultural heritage, local content in schools, and traditional games festival.
One of the most important solutions for keeping traditional games is cultural heritage. Cultural heritage is a place to preserve traditional games. The origin of the embodiment of culture comes from traditional games. With the inclusion of traditional games into the cultural heritage it is hoped that this can become an arena to introduce Indonesian national identity. Cultural heritage is also a good place so traditional games are not extinct. Stated in Law (no. 5 of 2007) that traditional games as cultural advancement. This means that traditional games are worthy of being preserved and incorporated into cultural heritage. This is reinforced by the fact that Indonesia is rich in cultural heritage, especially the most interesting, traditional games.
Mentioned by (Zaini, 2015) at the cultural introduction event in Bandung by the Hong community, he said “well, many foreign tourists come from Japan, Malaysia, America, and Europe. They are very interested in traditional games in Indonesia.” With this fact we can realize that traditional games have high cultural values in foreign nations. This is why it needs to be made a place so that it is not extract in the past.
The second solution for keeping traditional games is local content in schools. Local content helps the current generation not to forget about traditional games. According to the Decree of the Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia number 0412 / U / 1987 dated 11 July 1987, what is meant by local content is an education program whose content and media are related to the natural environment, social environment, cultural environment, regional needs and must be studied by students in the area. In Indonesia, local content has become a mandatory thing that must be added to the curriculum. (Lestari, 2017) said that traditional games are included in cultural knowledge which is disseminated to educators through regional-based local content programs that must be delivered to students. It is hoped that with this local content students will be interested and will not forget how unique Indonesian culture.
Like in the village of Cibinu, Cicantayan Sukabumi, children there have long been given the introduction of traditional games in schools and in their environment. Usually at school during the Independence Day competition or after the final exam is finished. This village was dubbed the “Egrang” village because many of its children still like traditional play especially stilts. Inserted traditional games material in teaching learning for current generation.
The last best solution for keeping traditional games is traditional games festival. Traditional games festival as a cultural introduction for current generation. Indonesia has a great diversity of cultures from Sabang to Marauke. Sometimes to commemorate the diversity of cultures in making cultural-themed events from the regions and government programs. Like traditional game festivals. This festival is made so that the community, especially children, can get to know the games in their respective regions. For example, in 2016 an Indonesian event
Festival Permainan Tradisonal Anak (FPTA) was held at TMII, the festival was held on 11 December 2016. The event was initiated by the minister of women’s empowerment and child protection. The event was enlivened by various schools in Indonesia, both in the regions and in big cities such as Kindergarten, Elementary school to Junior High School level. With this event being held, children are interested in traditional games rather than online games. (Lestari, 2016) said that this festival is good for developing cultural knowledge for children. She also said that she was proud of the holding of a festival like this as a manifestation of Indonesian cultural diversity. That’s why a big celebration is an effort to attract the attention of current generation, especially in traditional games.
From the solutions above, we can conclude that the loss of traditional games in the current generation can be overcome in a number of good ways that close to the habits of children as included in cultural heritage, local content in schools, and festival celebrations that attractive to the current generation. Parents can also give their introduction through traditional game books that are sold in bookstores, introduce to children that traditional games are very unique and this is the identity of the Indonesian people. Make an online game that contains traditional Indonesian games so that children are interested and keep traditional games not recognized by other countries.