MASSIM MWALI SHELL MONEY

Used for Kula trade.

Trobriand Islands, P.N.G.

Kula is an elaborate gift exchange practiced by the Massim people on these very remote islands in the south pacific. Although Kula is still considered extremely valuable among the Massim, there is concern that the practice of Kula exchange is at risk as younger generations of islanders increasingly focus on obtaining money rather than Kula valuables.

Kula ornaments are exchanged when the Massim islanders are visiting their exchange partners in neighbouring island villages. The host gives the visitor the Kula valuable as part of his hospitality that must be returned when the host visits the original visitor’s village.

Conus Shell, Oyster shell, trade beads and fiber.

Price on request.