Ongkas big moka - CultureThroughFilm Spring2009 kta Kawelka:OngkasBigMoka 1976,54m Background .In thisdocumentary,Ongka,'sKawelkatribe spendsfiveyea

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Culture Through Film Spring 2009 kta Kawelka: Ongka’s Big Moka Disappearing World Series 1976, 54 m. Background This film is part of the  Disappearing World  series produced in the mid-1970s.  In this  documentary, Ongka, the influential leader of New Guinea's Kawelka tribe, spends five  years amassing an abundance of valuable items including 600 pigs and a motorbike only  to give them away in a festive ceremony called the Moka. What is especially significant  about this social practice is that amongst the Kawelka prestige and influence are gained  through the act of giving away valuable objects as opposed to acquiring them.  The film  follows Ongka as he calls on favors, debts, and works tirelessly to hold the biggest Moka  he can.  However, things do not go as planned and the leader of the tribe is ultimately  threatened with violence as a result of his outwardly selfless act of giving. Discussion Questions
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