Bird of the Thunderwoman

© Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. Length: 50m

A wildlife/anthropological film that examines the importance of the cassowary to the Southern Highlanders of Papua New Guinea. It follows the final stages of the Sar ceremony – a long-term exchange cycle in which hundreds of cassowaries and pigs are gathered together, then slaughtered and given away in a great show of wealth. Produced by David Parer for the Australian Broadcasting Commission Natural History Unit with the Papua New Guinea Wildlife Division.

Bird of the Thunderwoman from David Parer & Liz Parer-Cook on Vimeo.