Mills 169 (A26)
Monday, August 3, 2015
Available at: http://anthro.rschram.org/1002/2.1
(Necklace [bagi], late 20th century, Pacific Ethnographic Collection #80.1/3369, American Museum of Natural History)
(Armband [mwali], late 20th century, Pacific Ethnographic Collection #80.1/3409, American Museum of Natural History)
We will watch the first part of Ongka's Big Moka, approximately 25 minutes.
Take out a piece of paper. Talk for a few minutes with the person or people next to you. What questions do you have? What do you want to know more about? What would be good to discuss in tutorial?
Write down your questions and reactions.
Now you can take that piece of paper to tutorial, and discuss your ideas in class.
When eavesdropping on the PNG students, Marshall Sahlins hears the Pidgin word developman. But, he wonders, does that mean 'development' or 'develop-man'?
“The first commercial impulse of the local people is not to become just like [the West], but more like themselves” (Sahlins 1992, 13).
As a Kewa leader once told an anthropologist (paraphrase): “You know what we mean by 'development?': building a hauslain [a village community], a men's house, and killing pigs. This we have done” (quoted in Sahlins 1992, 14).
“Developman: the enrichment of their own ideas of what mankind is all about” (Sahlins, 1992, 14).
On Wednesday, we learn why Ongka must give moka, and must reciprocate moka. The answer comes from the theories of Marcel Mauss.
We discuss why gifts create obligations: to give, to receive, and to reciprocate.
We then talk about why this matters to understanding contemporary society.
Anonymous. late 20th century, A.D. Armband. Shell, string, bead, seed, fiber, leaf (palm). 80.1/ 3409. Pacific Ethnographic Collection, American Museum of Natural History. http://anthro.amnh.org/anthropology/databases/common/public_access.cfm?object_list=80.1%2F%203409.
—–. late 20th century, A.D. Necklace. Shell, cord. 80.1/ 3369. Pacific Ethnographic Collection, American Museum of Natural History. http://anthro.amnh.org/anthropology/databases/common/public_access.cfm?object_list=80.1%2F%203369.
Nairn, Charlie. 1976. Ongka's Big Moka. Granada Television. http://www.der.org/films/ongkas-big-moka.html.
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