I agree with the previous post that the greatest gift you can give is your friendship and possibly some service
for the village. Travel with a willingness to help and willingness to learn. Whatever gifts you do carry, always spend a few moments considering the impact of those gifts. Alcohol and cigarettes, why would any well-intentioned cruiser pass those out? Pornography? What would you think of someone who came to your country, visited your home and then gave pornagraphic stuff to you and your family
? Playboy, nude photos of women? How will those villagers view the next white women who sails
into that village? Is this the best our culture has to offer?
On another lightly related subject- I had bare breasted, grass skirted women in PNG tell me that they appreciated that I came to their village properly dressed ( skirt and modest shirt) They had previously hosted a cruising couple who came to the village in bikinis. Respect is an attitude as well as a verb. The people in remote
villages are not socially backward. They are perceptive, intuitive and socially very advanced. They have a lot to teach us.