HWST 107 The Shark Callers of Kontu

HWST 107 The Shark Callers of Kontu - Alex Kasula Reaction...

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Alex Kasula Reaction Paper Two Hawaiian Studies 107 February 23, 2010 The Shark Callers of Kontu The Shark Callers of Kontu directed by Dennis O'Rourke , was by far one of the most erudite, upsetting, and interesting films that I have watched. The film shows the audience a look at a very unique tribe and its way of life, along with the impact that Western civilization has had on it. The Shark Callers of Kontu focuses on a once isolated tribe off of Papua New Guinea. The focal point of the film is on the tradition of calling sharks and killing them with your bare hands. The purpose of doing this is to gain contact with their ancestors within the sharks, under the use of magic. Shark calling along with many other traditions of the culture are being lost due to Western civilization. This custom and many others were often passed down generation to generation through oral legends. Now the younger generation is being taught beliefs of the Christian religion and being sent to Western schools to learn how to read and write English. Not
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