Anthropology 1006 Homework Assignment – Film: Ongka’s Big Moka Your homework assignment is to watch the film Ongka’s Big Moka and answer the questions at the end of the plot summary. Plot summary: Ongka, a Big Man of the Kawelka tribe in Papua New Guinea, has decided that he will arrange a moka to pay back a neighboring tribe that hosted a moka nearly 10 years ago. That tribe gave the Kawelka 400 pigs; Ongka wants to repay them with 600. In fact, 'moka' means 'interest,' the amount of pigs that is given above the amount originally distributed. The Kawelka are horticulturalists, raising pigs, yams and other vegetables and living in sedentary small villages and hamlets. The only way to accumulate much food surplus is to invest extra yams into pigs, turning carbohydrates into protein. Ongka has 4 wives and 9 children. His favorite wife, Rumbeka (all spelling is approximate), is caring for up to 10 pigs to serve as Ongka's contribution to the moka, and her father has been caring for a large number of pigs for Ongka. Ongka has 'invested' up to 100 pigs with various friends and relatives, one of which is a 2-day walk from Ongka's village. The preparations for this moka have taken 5 years. Arranging
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