Cooking in the Jungle | Tribes & Ethnic Groups – Planet Doc Full Documentaries

In the Highlands the production of high-quality tea is being promoted. The heavy rains are good for this crop. Many highlanders work on these plantations, and so they are becoming part of the new economy. It remains to be seen if this is a good thing, or if it will mean the destruction of their traditions, as in so many other places. Coffee, of the arabica type, is also being strongly developed. Almost along the line of the equator, these highlands display a savage ferocity, chaotic landscapes which hide a sublime beauty. The subtle beauty of the queen orchid along the tortuous path of the furrows etched deep into the land. This is a country of villages and of village people, who communicate by means of echoes and who grunt in greeting. The women are in charge of the pigs, the true wealth of the highlanders. Sometimes, when they are breast-feeding their young children, the women will also suckle the young pigs. Fire has always been very important for these mountain peoples. They know how to light one whatever the circumstances, and though now they can easily get matches or lighters, the Eneca show us how to light a fire in a matter of seconds, using just a few pieces of dry straw, a fine strip of bamboo and a splintered trunk. Today they have gathered together to prepare MONO. This is an ancient recipe, and they all take part. It is a ritual, and the traditions must be strictly adhered to. They make a large fire, and place stones on it to heat up. These stones will later be placed in the hole they will dig in the ground, and there the food will be cooked. Meanwhile, they get the food ready: they cut the squash, peel the yam and the sweet potatoes, clean the ‘grim’ – a type of vegetable, similar to spinach – and remove the leaves from the corn cobs. The ‘monos’, the main ingredient, are small, sweet bananas, which they scrape with a bamboo cane knife, shredding them into small pieces. Once cooked, this pulp will be of the texture of a thick bechamel sauce. Once they have finished digging, the hole is lined with grass and banana leaves, so that the food does not touch the soil. Then, they place the red-hot stones in layers, separated from the food with banana leaves. Yet another use for bamboo is to carry water from the river. The underground oven needs enough humidity to ensure that the food will be cooked without burning the leaves. This region of the Highlands has always been self-sufficient. Before there was any contact with the outside world, the million natives that lived here got all the food they needed from the land. They traded among each other, either by barter, or using the kinas, shells of mother of pearl, made into crescent shapes, which still today are very valuable. They wear them around their necks at the ceremonies and dances. Of lower value were the toras, circular seashells with a hole at the centre, which were threaded to make necklaces. The official currency of PNG is now called the kina, divided into one hundred toras. Bamboo is their most important raw material. They crush and peel the canes, then weave them together to make the walls and the floors of their houses. They also use bamboo to make their bows and arrows. Over twenty varieties of this flexible cane grow here, and it is also used to make kitchen utensils, knives and even musical instruments, like this one, very similar to a Jew’s harp. Each man takes care of his own weapons. From when they are children, they learn to make spears, bows, axes and different types of arrows, like this one with three tips, which is especially good for hunting birds. The string of their bows is also made from bamboo. A fine strip, slightly more than one centimetre in width, is softened over the fire, and then fixed to the ends of the bow to give the necessary pressure. Two hours later, and the primitive pressure cooker has done its job – the food is ready. Taking care not to burn themselves on the still-hot stones, they take out each layer of leaves, with the different foods ready to serve. The food is shared out equally, following strict protocol. No one gets more, no one less – that could lead to serious conflict.

100 thoughts on “Cooking in the Jungle | Tribes & Ethnic Groups – Planet Doc Full Documentaries

  1. When my family lived in Paupa New Guinea , we used to have cook outs like that. We called them Moomoo"s. Best pig I've ever eaten!

  2. I get so sick and tired of seeing the same people too long. I wonder what it's like to be in a small community like this

  3. All
    Natural type. of living is the best types of living.

    Seems to enjoy appreciate your life and styles of living much more than.

  4. much respect to them…wow And to think we have it hard😐
    wow! amazing video thanks for sharing….

  5. Sometimes I wonder if tribes keep us in the dark about their real languages and cultures, laughing at us as we leave their villages even more ignorant than we arrived

  6. الحمد لله على حياتي التي اجدها بعض الاحيان صعبة ولاكن مقارنة بهم اكرر الحمد لله

  7. Not much has changed , in Chicago they kinda still have kept the living conditions with one exception they now somehow have lots of guns and bullets ……

  8. That food looks good, and it's all cooked, I'll bet they cook all their meats too. It's amazing how these tribes live so naturally, but at the same time civilized. The peaceful tribes anyway, makes you feel kind of inferior.

  9. بسلام ودرود بر مجریان ودست اندر کا ران اگر تر تیبی اتخاذ شود که شرح فیلمها در هر کشوری باگویش انکشو ر باش اموزش وفهم بیشتری بهمراه خواهد داشت

  10. why have they never evolved? amazing that people can stand still in time unless they travel to a place with people who are forward thinkers.

  11. no war, no fights , healthy natural food, very social ,self sufficient and happy
    and still we call them primitive

  12. I can't believe that in the twenty one century people still acting and live like a animal is incredible but man wants to explore others planets wasting millions of dollars and they can't civilicé those people who ever doing this video I think they just went to see what they can still from them is the only thing that white people do if not how you think they pay their trips to go there is in seine sorry to said that but is the truth is why this country is rich

  13. we could all live a more simple lifestyle similar to these people. build cob homes (its free material) with grass roofs and we can build community's with food Forrest growing all throughout are community/village. it would be a awesome idea to get groups of people together and we all buy up a bunch of land and create a big eco community. show the world a better more natural way of living. we can collect are own water and have it run through a filter to get fresh water to everyone. its not as hard as everyone makes it out to be, free water, food and homes. we can all live simple lives if we work together for a common goal. we can build a paradise my friends why not? 🙂

  14. African people was like that before white people came to change everything now black people are lost

  15. It reminds me so much of my great-grandmother, even if she's from a small village in Thailand, they used to live almost like this 100 years ago…

  16. Imagine what they could learn from the people from Indonesia or China how to use Bamboo, although they are at a very high expert level already.

  17. Imagine there's no heaven
    It's easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today (ah ah ah)
    Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion, too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace
    You may say that I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will be as one
    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world
    You may say that I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will live as one

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