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Ongka’s Big Moka: The Kawelka of Papua New Guinea NAME:_______________________ Main players: Ongka: a local big man [Big men are the informal ‘leaders’ in tribe-political association; they do not have any power to force people to do things; rather they rely on persuasion to accomplish goals] Peroa: Another big man from a neighboring tribe who are the intended guests at Ongka's big moka (is a member of the PNG parliament) Rumbicole: Ongka's favorite wife Riemer: Ongka's rival, an aspiring big man in the Kawelka tribe A note about what a Moka is : a form of redistribution exchange . Goods go to a ‘central locus’ and are then re-distributed to others (often determined by a leader/figurehead). BACKGROUND Ongka, an endearing and charismatic tribal leader of the Kawelka tribe of highland New Guinea, has spent five years using all his skills as an orator and negotiator to amass the 600 pigs and assorted other valuables — including a motorbike— which he will give away in a festive ceremony, a moka. In highland society, status is earned by giving things away
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  • Spring '14
  • Anthropology, Papua New Guinea, New Guinea, Ongka, big moka, Moka

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