ongka - Ongka's Big Moka Horticulturalists This film traces the efforts of a local politician in the highlands of Papua New Guinea to gather backers and

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Ongka's Big Moka – Horticulturalists This film traces the efforts of a local politician in the highlands of Papua New Guinea to gather backers and donations for his campaign to give a moka. We see him out on the stump drumming up support, preparing to meet the public at major gatherings, demonstrating his rhetorical and diplomatic skills, and at home with his family. The importance of family support and, especially, hardworking and loyal wives is demonstrated. The risks of political back-stabbing and the challenges of organizational efforts in a low tech environment are illustrated. Tribe: Kawelka Main players: Ongka: Kawelka Bigman Rumbicore: Ongka’s favorite wife Riema: Ongka’s rival, an aspiring Bigman in the Kawelka tribe Perua: the bigman or headman that will be presented with the Moka. He is a member of the national assembly of the newly formed sovereign country of Papua New Guinea. [ca. 1985] Ongka's Case: His moka as the culmination of feasts ending a particularly bitter war Lessons from the Film:
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  • Spring '08
  • Hindes
  • Anthropology, Papua New Guinea, New Guinea, Moka, Moka – Horticulturalists

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