Bird of the thunder woman

Australia, 1980

TV show
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An analysis of a wealth exchange cycle in the Papua New Guinea Highlands. Shows part of the Sa cycle of the Wola people of Halalinja, Southern Highlands Province. Cassowaries and pigs, which are highly prized, are raised by the women. At a ceremony lasting two days the birds and pigs are slaughtered by the men and the meat is distributed to relatives and friends. This ceremony is just one in an elaborate cycle of gift exchanges. English commentary, Papua New Guinea dialogue with English subtitles. Narrated by Robyn Williams.

Credits

producer

David Parer

production company

Australian Broadcasting Commission

Duration

00:52:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1980

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

30926

Language

English

Subject categories

Animals & Wildlife → Cassowaries

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Papua New Guinea - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Papua New Guinea - Southern Highlands

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Rites and ceremonies

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Tribes

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Places → Papua New Guinea - Southern Highlands

Television

Television → Television programs

Television → Television programs → Television programs - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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