It is important to a man properly to manage his joint rights to pigs with others because this reﬂects on his reputation. Pigs feature in politics in Wola society, as throughout the Highlands. They are wealth and transacting them in socio-political exchange events earns men respect (Sillitoe 1979a), and those who excel at it earn the ol howma ‘man of renown’ epithet, as mentioned previously. But before he can publicly transact animals a man has to settle others’ claims to ownership to their satisfaction because until then he cannot legitimately dispose of the beasts. He may press ahead regardless and provoke a dispute but this will tarnish his reputation not enhance it.