Death of a Chambri Chief

Wapi Death

Wapi was knee high tall when World War 2 soldiers occupied Chambri Island in Papua New Guinea (1942-43).  During late night pow-wows, he detailed for me the atrocities of war and the hardships of growing up in a war-ravaged village. Eventually, Wapi ascended to chieftain status as a fierce warrior and leader among his formerly headhunting people. More

We Value Too Much, We Value Too Little

Value Too

Five dollars.

$5.00 is a lot of money… to certain people. To another group of people, $5.00 is just a piece of paper. Now, if I say the word, “lying,” you might associate that word with things like wrongdoing, bad, pain, or punishment. Would you believe me if I said that some cultures would view lying as a virtue? Who determines the meanings that are associated with all of the things that make up a person’s life? Who makes the rules for determining things (anything!)? More