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Catalog # 130
Title Kawelka, the: Ongka's Big Moka
Series Disappearing World Series
Filmmaker Charlie Nairn
Year 1976
Subject Culture - Papua New Guinean
Format VHS
Region South Pacific
Description Produced by ?. 1976. ISBN: ? Summary Ongka is a charismatic big-man of the Kawelka tribe who live scattered in the Western highlands, north of Mount Hagen, in New Guinea. The film focuses on the motivations and efforts involved in organising a big ceremonial gift-exchange or moka planned to take place sometime in 1974. Ongka has spent nearly five years preparing for this ceremonial exchange, using all his big-man skills of oratory and persuasion in order to try to assemble what he hopes will be a huge gift of 600 pigs, some cows, some cassowaries, a motorcycle, a truck and £5,500 in cash. As an example of the big-man familiar from written texts, Ongka is memorable, and the film manages to convey through this main character the importance of pigs, of exchange and of prestige in the life of these Highlanders. Descript 1 videocassette (52 min.) : sd., color ; 1/2 in Series Disappearing World Series Cast Director: Charlie Nairn Anthropologists: Andrew and Marilyn Strathern Subject Papua New Guinea Plan for ceremonial gift-exchange moka