Leadership in Public Arenas

As has been said above, political leadership, that is, taking decisions which will affect the whole village or regional community, is still a male domain. Trobriand chiefs, despite the roles that women have in certain ceremonies (most notably the lisaladabu) and in the family, exercise marked undisputed patriarchal powers. This is probably an ancient trait of Trobriand culture. Men are also the organizers and leaders of a number of publicly performed competitive ceremonies (e.g., kayasa and kula). Women take a leading role in some of the stages of the mortuary rites, for example, as tolisagali (leader of the exchange ceremony). Village councillors and other representatives of new governmental forms of political leadership are usually also male.

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