Anthropology 1006 Moka Quiz.docx - Anthropology 1006 Ongkas Big Moka Name Plot summary Ongka a Big Man of the Kawelka tribe in Papua New Guinea has

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Anthropology 1006Name:Ongka’s Big MokaPlot summary: Ongka, a Big Man of the Kawelka tribe in Papua New Guinea, has decided thathe 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. TheKawelka are horticulturalists, raising pigs, yams and other vegetables and living in sedentarysmall villages and hamlets. The only way to accumulate much food surplus is to invest extrayams into pigs, turning carbohydrates into protein. Ongka has 4 wives and 9 children. His favorite wife, Rumbeka (all spelling is approximate), iscaring for up to 10 pigs to serve as Ongka's contribution to the moka, and her father has beencaring for a large number of pigs for Ongka. Ongka has 'invested' up to 100 pigs with variousfriends and relatives, one of which is a 2-day walk from Ongka's village. The preparations forthis moka have taken 5 years. Arranging for a moka is hard work for Ongka, his friends, his relatives, and for the women in thegroup who are taking care of the pigs. Ongka gives a passionate speech in the video about howimportant pigs are to his people. Pigs are used to "pay for troubles" after warfare or murder, toput on mokas, and to give in exchange for wives. According to Ongka, "without pigs you arerubbish . . . there are men who don't realize this," an attitude Ongka finds difficult to accept.
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