The Shield is my Brother

Mark Eby
26 minutes


A film about young men in the Papua New Guinean highlands who learn the art of shield making from an elder.

Every generation loses an art or skill practiced by their parents or grandparents. In the highlands of Papua New Guinea, the difference between generations is quite dramatic. Tribal fighting is no longer practiced with bows and arrows and wooden shields but, encouraged by the film-maker, a group of young men set out to learn the art of shield making, guided by the elder, Pop Toul, affectionately known as Tomahawk.