Although a space-faring species, any technology the Kinitawowi possess was commandeered, and the Kinitawowi possess a tribal, savage culture.
Kinitawowi are bulky humanoids that stand in at around six feet high; they are covered in warts and shaggy dull orange/copper/brown fur similar to that of an orangutan. Kryten states some GELFs (though he does not detail whether this is a feature unique to the Kinitawowi, affects certain species or is an individual mutation) have their sphincter orifice in their face, and as such touching of the face can be considered highly offensive to them. Their bodies are extremely tough; a direct blast of plasma from a bazookoid merely stunned a Kinitawowi at close range.
History and culture
The Kinitawowi were originally bred as quartermasters aboard deep space Space Corps starships, whereas their sister-species, the Brefewino, were bred as hunters and butchers. Both species lead a primitive tribal existence on various moons and asteroids. Their space is bordered by gigantic stone warning beacons that resembled skulls many miles across carved out of asteroids.
Arnold Rimmer believed them to be scavengers, and recalled from old space legends that unfortunate humans that unwittingly wandered into Kinitawowi territorial space were often skinned alive to make beanbags. Kinitawowi typically made use of spears and bows and arrows as weapons, whilst the Brefewino preferred bazookoids and scimitar-like swords.
Nevertheless, the Kinitawowi were one of the friendlier "kintetiakh" (or tribes) of humanoid GELFs and that they didn't always kill on sight as other humanoid GELFs apparently do. Indeed, not skinning strangers alive on sight was considered a warm greeting. Kinitawowi villages resemble African tribal villages, dimly-lit by flaming torches. The structures of these villages are simple huts or "watunga". The Kinitawowi have their own language, which as Lister put it, sounds like a "footballer clearing his nose", but Mechanoids are programmed to translate the Kinitawowi speak. Trading is done on a swap basis for items of similar value, although the GELF chief will decide what that value is. The Kinitawowi have important engine parts such as the Oxy-Generation Unit to trade, but this may result in them demanding to use a human to mate with and add a little outside influence to the tribe's gene pool. After a successful trade, instead of a handshake, Kinitawowi custom is to hold the ankle of the other individual with one hand whilst the other does the same; and then jumping up and down on the spot. The Kinitawowi are skilled in rearing Emohawks and will use them on any human that reneges on a deal.
The Starbug crew first met the Kinitawowi when they were in need supplies, especially an Oxy-Generation Unit. The Kinitawowi had one to trade but required Lister to marry the chieftain's daughter in exchange. A disgusted Lister married the chief's daughter, but fled in the night. The furious chief (played by celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott who latter hosted Can't Smeg, Won't Smeg) sent his emohawk after the Red Dwarf crew to drain their emotions. (RD: Emohawk)
The Kinitawowi pursued Starbug across space in a Kinitawowi battle cruiser, in a bid to return Dave Lister to his Kinitawowi wife until the Kinitawowi battle cruiser was crippled when it crashed onto an ice planet during a chase with Starbug (with the help of the skills of new crewmember Kristine Kochanski), killing the Kinitawowi chief and Lister's wife. (RD: Ouroboros)
A bustling GELF trading village is seen in the unproduced "lost episode" of Series VII, Identity Within, which is available for viewing in storyboard form on the Series VII DVD. Here Kinitawowi are seen living alongside and trading with Brefewino among with other species.
Kryten became insanely jealous of the idea of Lister and Kochanski getting together, and daydreamed of a future in which they were a couple and he himself was ill treated. In Kryten's future vision, Lister and Kochanski are seen having social dinner occasions and inviting Kinitawowi round (who are seen wearing ties) since there is nobody else to invite to the dinners. (RD: Duct Soup)
Cat and Kochanski later impersonated Kinitawowi to trade with a Simulant who hates humans but not GELFs. In the end they were tricked by the Simulant and his actual Kinitawowi crew mate who ransacked Starbug and stole the damaged form of Kryten.
This Kinitawowi was killed when his ship, the SS Centauri, was destroyed by Able, a mechanoid they kept who sacrificed himself to save the life of his "brother" Kryten and his companions. This Kinitawowi marks the last Kinitawowi seen in the television series. (RD: Beyond a Joke)
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