Warriors of the Sea, Dances of Love | Tribes – Planet Doc Full Documentaries


Though the dances contain elements of magic, not all are performed for religious reasons. Among the inhabitants of the Trobriand islands there are a number of dances simply for pleasure, performed at special celebrations, or as a kind of courtship ritual. The men practice the dance steps outside the village, in the so-called tapioca dans. At dusk, they gather with the girls in the main square of the village, and dance together for hours. Each step has a particular symbolism. All the movements correspond to a specific wish, which is interpreted by the matchmakers. They are performed after the yams have been harvested. For weeks, these courtship dances can be seen in village after village. Now, they use foreign instruments like the guitar, which have been incorporated into the traditional rhythms, and the gentle melodies of the islands. The girls paint their faces with the symbols of their families and clans. These serve to identify them. In this way, the men of their own clan will turn their attention to other girls who they will be able to marry for these people are exogamous. The courtships end with the arrival of the rains. By that time, the matchmakers will have decided which couples can marry the next year, after having received the approval of their parents and the council of ancients, who will determine the price of the dowries and on what terms these are to be paid. The majority of the islands of Papua are coral – incredibly complex ecosystems. On a rock, polyps will nest, and then, as they die they gradually create a bone-like structure, on which others settle. In this way, over thousands of years, they form entire atolls and islands. Others are of volcanic origin. In this region, the volcanoes are of the explosive type, characterised by rapid, devastating eruptions. In just a few days, a new island can emerge from the sea, or be destroyed and disappear. The markets are the centre of life in these villages. Here, they can find all the products that make up the diet of the Papuan islanders. The people of the islands are very different from those of Papua New Guinea. Though they belong to the same country, their customs have nothing in common. Papua New Guinea is enormous, and there are stills tribes who live entirely isolated in the interior, never even seeing the sea. In the highlands, the first contacts with white men took place very recently, just 50 years ago. On the islands, things were very different. European sailors arrived there much earlier, and today cultural influences have been absorbed to a much greater extent. Something they greatly value, as well as the betel, is tobacco. This is prepared in a very rudimentary way. The leaves, dried in caves, are smoked in pipes, or wrapped to make cigarettes. Tobacco is also used in rituals, it is a liturgical element. Its smell attracts the spirits. They believe that tobacco smoke helps achieve states of communion with the other world. What is true is that when they inhale the smoke, they feel more vulnerable, more sensitive and open to receive the influence of the invisible forces that rule over the universe. In these lands, far from the madness of the West, people perceive the endless wisdom that comes from natural sources like the forest, the sea or the storms, and interpret influences which have been unable to survive in the industrial and urban system of which we are so proud. In Rabaul, they still use the sell mony or traditional currency, which they call tambu. They are small shells threaded together to make necklaces of a particular value. These shells are very difficult to find. Those specialised in looking for them consider a good average to be ten a day. They search the beach for them, and then file them very carefully, drill a hole through the middle, and thread them on bamboo strings. The measure used for each necklace is equivalent to the number of shells that fit in a small beer bottle. Each necklace has around three hundred shells. Each group of ten necklaces makes up a loloi, which has the value of thirty kinas, the official currency of the country. Though they are still used as money in the markets, in general nowadays they are used for rituals at certain celebrations, at which the necklaces are broken and the shells shared out. Great rolls, which can contain up to 90,000 shells, are very rarely broken. They are a symbol of high social status.


85 Responses

  1. Norm Cameron

    January 4, 2015 5:31 pm

    Seems like a sensible system, the politics of the elders/ matchmakers hopefully ensure the continuity of the society. The question is: what is the divorce rate/ abandonment/ outside of marriage sex rate?
    The western world could have a lot to learn. 

  2. Nestor Gonzalez

    January 4, 2015 9:00 pm

    I'm going to go marry me a Bush woman. I'll keep her away form modern society so she won't get corrupted by it.

  3. Tish Bish

    January 6, 2015 2:59 pm

    Religion!!  Some of you are retards.  Freedom of choice. I ain't show my TT to anyone. (Blaming religion, stupids).

  4. jesse bossland

    January 26, 2015 3:48 am

    is it just me but i find it strange that all tribes that had no knowledge of the bible  live soo peacefully in their isolation,  ever noticed they have no bible, no technology and NO CRIME!!!!

  5. cosimoto1

    January 31, 2015 10:58 pm

    85F again today!  Like everyday!  Why did I move out of Florida??? I hate cold weather!  I am happily married but these are lovely ladies!  The men who marry them are lucky men for sure!

  6. cosimoto1

    January 31, 2015 11:06 pm

    There are far better ways to ingest nicotine molecules!  However the same bankers that would never condone ingesting THC in any sort of save manner will prevent anybody from providing nicotine in a safe form.  People die from smoking.  Death is the goal after all.  Get rid of those useless eaters right? 

  7. Mesmer O

    February 18, 2015 12:21 am

    This is yet another absurd Glorification & Deification of primitive societies which only the naive & ignorant crave can love.  Have you ever lived in one of these societies? Yes, you may be "happy" but that's the happiness which comes from sheer ignorance.  You want to live in a society where you spend 8 hours a day searching for firewood, eating the same foods over & over, unable to leave your village or city–never travel anywhere–meet only a handful of people all your life (very bad for sex life by the way), hopelessly stuck in a role your tribe assigns you with no possibility of social mobility (you're a slave to your tribe basically), without benefits of modern medicine, without the highest accomplishments of culture (Beethoven, Shakespeare, & yeah, maybe Beatles), spending half your life in darkness (no electricity–no electric bulbs)?  People who comment on how beautiful & fulfilling it is to live in a society such as this–well you can go there, no one's stopping you.  But know that–without meaning any offence by this analogy–only way you could be happy in such a society would be in the same way a pig is playing in its fees & mud–ignorance.

  8. Tim Crowder

    February 21, 2015 8:37 am

    the dance was ok but I need to see the women in school girl outfits and I really didn't like the guitar. I think he should go electric and get a good drummer. I hope they will do this soon before ISLAM comes to them. You know the people who worship a child molester 

  9. Hol' Up Niqqa

    March 14, 2015 5:26 am

    very fit people and they look content without the needs that we crave fro in the 'civilised' world.

  10. Arteyhviah Badar

    April 16, 2015 5:08 pm

    Divine Peace and Blessings to the New Guinea Tribes. .Your ways of Living is Sacred, Divine and Natural. I see these Sacred Tribes as 'Spiritual Keepers' of Religious Holy Truths.. I have studied the Tribes of New Guinea for many years the same is for the 'Sacred Dogon' Tribe and Ancient Black Egypt and so on..I have learned that SEX is an interactive part of the Natural Ways of Life in these various Tribes. SEX have rules, guidelines known as Culture. SEX is a very determining factor in Life, the Families and Communities. SEX is Sacred and Holy under the 'Natural Umbrella of Sacred Natural Life.' Compared to the behaviors of so-call 'High Civilizations and Technological advanced Cultures'..Sacred Holy Tribes PLEASE stay as you are and have been from Ancient Times to now..Tread 'Very Carefully' before taking in outsiders and allowing outsiders to control and make changes in your minds and ways (Culture)! Please go to the the 'ways of outsiders' and live and then return to your Tribes and SHARE what you saw, heard and seen!! Departing in the Deepest Respect to the Natural Tribes of this Divine and Sacred Mother Earth ALL be in this Divine Sacred Holy Universe…AMUN

  11. Dudi Zuhdi

    May 3, 2015 2:56 pm

    wahai org 2 islam di indonesia bersyu kurlah kita ditakdir bukan seperti orang yg a moral & tidak seperti bi natang dg ucapan al hamdulillah

  12. Tawake Tuitokatuadua

    July 7, 2015 8:58 am

    Im actually impressed with how clean the surroundings are, unlike most other island nations. Things looked simple and neat, even at the market.

  13. ayishetu Bentum

    July 14, 2015 9:25 pm

    this shows that Blacks have been all over world before the so called European merchants

  14. john carlisle

    October 24, 2015 3:42 am

    they're beautiful! those shells come from British colonial rule… i hope the land is still around in 20 years…

  15. ocen ho

    December 1, 2015 8:44 pm

    their life is amazing, always close to nature and they can see boobs everyday and everywhere!!nothing is better than that!!

  16. Jim C

    December 8, 2015 3:50 am

    There are clearly some better cultures on Earth than others….I prefer the cultures where the women walk around topless.

  17. idylle♡doll

    April 26, 2016 7:09 pm

    I've never in my life seen a tribeswoman have less than perfect skin, only us westerners probably with our shit fast food and petrochemicals and unhealthy lifestyles have acne and skin problems. :-S

  18. 13Gladius 2

    August 18, 2016 5:44 pm

    They live near th sea, probably get good amounts of seafood which includes good amount of iodine. More iodine creates better skin.

  19. Shivani Yadav

    May 29, 2018 8:27 am

    They seem to be more civilised and peaceful than most of us so called civilised populations today. Clearly they have not objectified women's body as in today's modern, civilised populations. there is not occuring any mass rape campaigns on seeing bare breasted women clearly.

  20. Mr. salam

    July 20, 2018 11:00 am

    ربِ لك الحمد والشكر
    اللهم صل على سيدنا محمد وعلى آل سيدنا محمد.

  21. Natewatl

    August 31, 2018 12:14 pm

    At 1:01 "at dusk they gather….dance for hours…" — for goodness sake: the film of this theatrical performance is filmed ac close to high noon.

  22. Obwona Philips Defacto

    April 4, 2019 10:14 am

    we appreciate the cultural diversities that enable us to understand how people lives in other parts of the world, love it


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