The neighboring tribe the Tongka tribe one of whoms Big Men is Perewa a member

The neighboring tribe the tongka tribe one of whoms

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intended delays the event and nearly leads to the Kawelka being attacked. The neighboring tribe (the Tongka tribe, one of whom's Big Men is Perewa, a member of the Papua New Guinea National Assembly), has heard some Kawelka men sitting in a truck, drunk and singing, as if in celebration. This is taken to be evidence that the Kawelka tribe used sorcery to kill the Tongka Big Man. The traditional response was war and raiding, and both Ongka and his father-in-law have participated in raids in the past. Ongka calls to some of his relatives who have married into that tribe, giving them a pig for the funeral/memorial ceremony along with a special branch that marks his oath that the Kawelka had nothing to do with the Big Man's death. Resolution: The moka is eventually held, but not before other troubles occur. As stated, rivalry between competing Big Men in the tribe is unending. Raima, one of the other Big Men in Kawelka, disrupts the moka the night before it is to occur by leaking information that claims he and his supporters did, in fact, kill the other Big Man in the Tongka tribe by sorcery. Ongka is upset, because Raima has no business bringing the topic up at such a late date, and because the information causes a huge commotion among the people. The following day, the day the moka was to be
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  • Summer '19
  • History, Papua New Guinea, New Guinea, Ongka, big man, Port Moresby, Moka

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