1. The Moka, or gift, ends up being the most important part of a highland man's life. The bigger the moka, the bigger the fame for Ongka. Not having a good moka essentially makes you a failure as a man, similar to how it may be seen if you can't reproduce. 2. In these smaller societies, being a leader means you must actually lead your people. Ongka could not force people to prepare his gift, but persuade and use his leadership to make them understand and assist him. 3. Pigs are to the Kawelka as money is to western societies. It brings status that comes from wealth does to us. It makes you appear more marriageable and increases your worth. A kawelka man with no pigs is like a poor man in western cultures. 4. The gifts in mokas are worked out before hand. Any type of misunderstanding during the ceremony could potentially bring shame and fighting between the gift givers and gift receiver. 5. Paper money was introduced to the Kawelka only 10 years before the film, with puka shells used before then. the income comes through the growing of coffee in the mountains. While
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- Spring '16
- Moka, Kawelka