The Moka seems to be being held as a way to not only repay a tribe that held a

The moka seems to be being held as a way to not only

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What does Ongka expect to gain from the moka? The Moka seems to be being held as a way to not only repay a tribe that held a Moka for Ongka’s tribe years before, but also as a way help bring up the status of his tribe and his position as a “big man”. By giving away more pigs and goods than the past tribe, he is basically trying to one up other to show his tribes skills and abilities. 2. What is/are the criteria for social status among the Kawelka? The criteria seem to be strongly tied to the amount of pigs being raised since the pigs are used as a peace treaty of sorts or in trading. When Ongka basically calls people, who have no pigs “rubbish” it becomes very clear what gives someone status in the tribe. 3. What functions does a moka serve? Moka’s appear to function as both a way of paying back another tribe in tribute, but also as a way to show off the power and lift the status of ones tribe. Giving other tribes gifts to help keep peace and also get tribes to repay them at a later date. 4. What skills/attributes must you have to be a successful big man? As shown by the film how Ongka deals with the many situations throughout it, being a strong leader is a key part of being a good “big man”. Ongka rallies his people behind his cause and also does his best to keep the situation as peaceful as possible even when it seems like war will erupt. Ongka tries to be smart about the moves he makes and does his best with what the situation gives and takes from him.
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