An entry in the Crocodile Prize
Cleland Family Award for Heritage Writing
IN modern society we buy and use goods and services to meet our various needs and wants.
In the past our ancestors from the caves and kunai huts did not buy and sell - they exchanged in the trade known as barter.
The barter system was widely practised in all parts of the island of New Guinea and became an important part of the people’s culture.
They exchanged food, stone axes, clay pots – anything that one tribe or ethnic group could produce that another could not, due to lack of knowledge or climatic or botanic variations.