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However, by standards set by the global economy they are cash poor.

For many, the separation from their mother is very painful.When it is time for the boys to become men, they undergo a severe initiation.But there exists no legitimate system of exchange between the two.Henry Tokabak dreams of creating a bank where people can exchange their shell money for cash.He feels that the global economy takes a heavy toll on indigenous people.

"Shell money gets exchanged within the community, but paper money just goes away." In a traditional economy, indigenous people live quite well without money.

Even the work "bank" cannot be used to describe his operation.

Further hindering his crusade is his pending court case for misappropriating public funds to establish an informal bank.

At that time the Dani had the simplest of tools - long pointed wooden poles used as digging sticks that are hardened in the fire and soaked in water - and they still used their stone-bladed adzes.

(By now, most Dani use steel shovels, axes, and bush knives and make stone adzes only for the tourist trade.) Even though their tools are simple, their field system is intensive and sophisticated, with an intricate system of ditches.

In this film, we see people from a single neighborhood working alone in their own garden plots or, at times joining together in a cooperative work party." --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Relates to: Intro, Papua New Guinea, Ritual #6 & #F25, 52 minutes, Colour RAI: Disappearing World, 1974, VHS Director: Charlie Nairn Anthropologists: Andrew and Marilyn Strathern "Ongka is a charismatic big-man of the Kawelka tribe who live scattered in the Western highlands, north of Mount Hagen, in New Guinea.