There are over 700 cultural tribes still living in New Guinea. The Huli tribe is known to still rely more than all the others on their generational traditions and ancestral values. The Huli people remain committed to their ancient customs in every area of their lives, and even when the white man of the western world appeared on their lushly covered hills and mountains, the Hulis hung tight to their traditions.
It was a descendant named Huli who first gardened this territory who started this tribe. The men are the warriors, still adorned with colorful paint and headdresses. They measure wealth by the number of pigs each warrior owns, and pigs are used to barter, even with a perspective bride. The women are not permitted to associate with the men, even in the same huts because the men believe that women are evil and draining; they drain the warriors’ strength.
This tradition could make you wonder how the tribe survives. The 51 minute digital DVD offers a wide visual perspective of the lifestyle of the Hulis, and how they maintain their ancient heritage in a modern world. Everybody has a few odd members in their family tree, but not one ever proposed marriage with the father and offered 15-30 pigs for their bride! Today, this is still an active custom, and this documentary displays how the Huli tribe struggles with the ever-present 21st century while still holding on to their heritage.
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A Bride for Barter? Traditional Customs of the Huli People of Papua New Guinea
- Enhanced DVD
- ISBN: 978-1-62290-793-9
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Copy Right Date: 2004