Bird of the Thunderwoman (Bird of the Thunder Woman)

Location:Papua New Guinea
Subject:Birds; cassowary; mythology; social life and customs; exchange
Length:50 minutes
Format:1/2-inch VHS
Year Released:1990
Series:Animal Tales
Director:Paul Sillitoe, David Parer
Producer:Co-production of the Papua New Guinea Wildlife Division and the Australian Broadcasting Commission.
Library Code:UHM AV/C VIDEOTAPE 20166; NFVLS
Description:David Parer lived with the Wola tribe in the southern highlands of Papua New Guinea for five months while making this program about the famous New Guinea bird, the cassowary, and its place in native folklore. The title "Bird of Thunderwoman" is explained by one of the myths in which, some time ago, the cassowary bird fell to earth accompanied by a tremendous thunderstorm. Shows part of the Sa (wealth exchange) cycle of the Wola people of Halalinja, Southern Highlands province. Some interviews in Wola with English subtitles.
Record No:199
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