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The Huli

Papua New Guinea
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Marisa Porter

on 7 September 2012

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Who are the Huli? Huli The Huli are...
Polygamist
Descended from a male ancestor know as "Huli"
Still exist in the Tari Valley, In Papau New guinea
They do not live in peace.
Known to tourists as "The wig men".
Contrary to common belief the Huli tribe is NOT cannibalistic.
They care about animals, such as dogs, that are not considered to be edible meat. Facts Values Religious beliefs The Huli people are animists
Animists believe that everything has a soul; this includes rocks, water, mountains, plants,
The Huli people offer many sacrifices in order to "appease the spirits."
They believe all illness and bad luck comes from witchcraft and sorcery. Gender Roles Huli women live separately from the men.
The women make no decisions among the tribe.
The men are able to own pigs, and keep all food they grow to themselves.
Men are often responsible for providing food to their wives.
Huli girls do not receive education, but are taught by their mothers from a young age.
Huli men will not eat food prepared for them by a woman. Norms Children Male children are cared for by their mothers until the age of 5
At 5 their fathers start taking care of them.
At puberty, boys are isolated from women and live in a bachelor cult for 2-3 years.
They grow out their hair to turn it into wigs, to become wig men.
Female Huli children stay with their mothers and are taught skills, such as bow making and crop growing Marriage Men buy their brides at a starting price of 30 pigs.
They may marry anyone who is is not directly related to them.
Once married, a women is considered the property of her husband.
The husband may beat his wife
The Huli wife is expected to work 10 hours in the garden, only allowed to rest when on their menstrual cycle. Social Structure inclusive kinship system.
Instead of having cousins/half brothers etc. They would be considered brothers and sisters, instead of aunts and uncles they would be considered fathers and mothers.
Divorce is common, most frequent cause is wife's inability to have children. Technology Men go to war for the purpose of gaining more pigs, land in women.
The Huli tribe is still very Primal in the way they are not technologically advanced.
The Huli tribe live in small huts composed of clay and straw.
Bone knife made from Cassowary bone, called a Hongoia
They have axes called "Ajus" Language Quindecimal (base-15) numeral system.
Ngui means 15, ngui ki means 15×2 = 30, and ngui ngui means 15×15 = 225.
Indications of language change have occurred, it has been noticed that they borrow words from other cultures.
Tok Pisin is the trade language introduced,
English has also been introduced, but is taking longer to make an impact. Symbols Yellow clay is commonly used for face paint.
Men construct hats and wigs out of their hair, feathers and plants.
They cover their bodies in tree oil
Women wear string bags as a symbol of their femininity.
Men wear necklaces made from Mother-of-Pearl. http://footage.shutterstock.com/clip-394222-stock-footage-papua-new-guinea-nov-huli-wigmen-tribal-warriors-ceremony-purifying-the-hair-in-the-mt.html http://footage.shutterstock.com/clip-411331-stock-footage-papua-new-guinea-nov-huli-wigmen-tribal-warriors-ceremony-putting-on-face-paint-in-the-mt.html
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