Story Pot by Caine Ruruk

I took 2 trips to PNG to deliver Bible Storytelling and Discussion training to our teammates there and to coach them to deliver their own workshops. Here is the fruit!

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The clay pot has changed its functionThe clay pot has changed its function

The clay pot for the Ubir tribe living in the Northern Province of Papua New Guinea is the key utensil in any kitchen. Its function ranges from cooking pot, water container, food safe, and can be given as a present. It is also a highly valued item to exchange in a barter system economy. For example a good size out triggered canoe can be purchased for 20 clay pots.

In this time and age the metal cooking pots have replaced most of the clay pot’s function but they cannot replace its value in a barter system. The reason is that anybody can buy a metal pot but only a few skilled women can make a clay pot; thus its value in the barter system and its significance as a gift.

Telling stories is part of the life style in Wanigela…

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