The Trobriand Islanders of Papua New Guinea

© Wason
52 minutes / Colour / 1990
Directed by
David Wason

Anthropologist Annette B. Weiner

Country of production United Kingdom

Series Disappearing World Series

The Trobriand Islands lie off the eastern tip of Papua New Guinea. The island society has a complex balance of male authority and female wealth. Magic spells and sorcery pervade everyday life. This programme focuses on two important events: the distribution of women's wealth after a death and the "month of play", a time of celebration following the yam harvest.

Language and subtitles English with English Subtitles

Region Melanesia

Country Papua New Guinea

Keywords Gender Role and Identity Festivals / Carnival Ritual