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The Huli Tribe
Transcript of The Huli Tribe
(The Huli Wigmen)
Where do they Live?
What do they eat?
The Huli tribe diet mostly consists of sweet potatoes but on special occasions they will hunt animals like pigs and possums. They plant vegetable gardens on the mountain so they always have the sweet potatoes or other vegetables.
What are their Rituals?
The Huli tribe has 34 different kinds of rituals. They all have different purposes. Some are for healing a person and some are for the fertility rite. Every ceremony is also celebrated differently. Sometimes they sing and dance and sometimes they have an animal sacrificed. The only one thing they have in common is that they always call an energy force called Gamu.
This picture shows the Huli tribe dancing at a ceremony.
You will see another example of a ceremony in the following video.
What clothes do they wear?
The men wear bright coloured paints made from clay and gigantic wigs waved using their own hair for their upper body. A small piece of cloth is tied around their penis. This is called a Koteka.
In the past the women didn't wear anything at the top but now they do. At the bottom they wear skirts made from grass out of their vegetable garden.
How do they build their Houses?
The Huli tribe lives near Tari city, in the highlands of Papua New Guinea at a latitude of six degrees below the equator. The Huli`s live on a volcano that hasn’t erupted since a very long time.The volcanic soil is very fertile which means it is good for growing crops. The temperature the tribe lives at is 20 degrees C. and at night an average of 10 degrees.
By Sarah Hein
This Presentation is all about a forgotten tribe called the Huli Tribe.
The Huli tribe has a great system of chopping down wood for their huts. They always cut down the trees from one part of the rainforest. then they plant new trees so the next generation can cut down those trees to build new huts.
The walls of their huts are made out of the wood from the trees they cut down. The roof is covered in old leaves and wheet. There is a clay wall that separates one families huts from the next families huts.
Traditionally men and women live in separate huts and the pigs live in the men`s hut. But these days they have a third hut for their pigs.
A threat for the Hulis is deforestation. Without the trees in the jungle they can't build their houses and can't gather food the trees give. Then they will starve.
This problem is bad but it gets even worse. The main problem the Huli people are facing are the tourists. If they come, they take pictures of a person in the tribe that is the most beautiful or the man who can hunt the best. But this messes up the Huli system, because in their tribe the highest person or the leader always gets the attention. But now a different person gets it and this can cause fights in the tribe.
The problem increases because if they get the money and go to town to buy food for their family there is a risk of them buying alcohol. Obviously, this is not good at all. If they get addicted, this will destroy their culture.
Additionally tourists can bring unknown sicknesses to the tribe. As the Hulis don't know it and their immune system doesn't know it either so it can't do anything against it so they could die from it.
What will happen if nothing is done to protect them?
If nothing is done to protect them the tribe will get extinct because of the influence the western people give them. This would be a big problem Papua New Guinea would face because the tribes are almost the only people who are fighting against deforestation in the jungle. Without them the jungle, with it´s animals, would be gone forever.
With the help of Global Green Grants (a website you can donate to), the NGO CELCOR has helped the tribes of Papua New Guinea raise their voices against deforestation. Thanks to them, a logging company was fined 1 million dollars for cutting down the trees of New Guinea`s rainforest. They hope to achieve the goal of no more deforestation in Papua New Guinea.
To help protect the tribes you can donate to Global Green Grants using this link:
What is being/has already been done?
Thank you for listening to the presentation.
I hope you have learned something and that you will help save the indigenous tribes of the rainforst in Papua New Guinea!
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