A study of the pacific island society before the western contact

Culture of Tonga

Other government entities used the much broader classification of Asians and Pacific Islanders. The fertile island soil combined with fishing provided ample food for the population.

Polynesian culture

The buttocks of infants, males more than females, were molded so that they became rounded and not flat Handy and Pukui,p. Micronesia can be divided into two style areas.

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As in many other aspects of life, Polynesian peoples generally took a very direct, realistic, and physical approach to gratification of the senses. England gained control of Fiji, while Tonga remained an independent kingdom.

Erotic imagery was, and remains, common in speech, poetry, and songs: Although the earliest of these works often set indigenous peoples in direct opposition to the colonizers, more-recent literature grapples with the complex nature of colonial relationships and modern identities.

There was no concern for the genealogical relationship of one descent line to another, nor was there any concern for ranking based on distance from, or proximity to, any particular male line of descent. For example, youths learn to listen carefully to elders, to learn by observing and doing, and to follow cultural rules, all of which have been useful in providing them with a sense of cultural identity.

People traveled thousands of miles to celebrations that they all owned communally. Carved platters, canoe prow boards, and other specialized products were complemented by a flow of yams and pigs from areas with rich resources to smaller, ecologically less-favoured islands.

Political leadership In both Papuan- and Austronesian-speaking Melanesia, leaders of local groups characteristically emerged on the basis of success in the prestige economy, warfare, or some combination thereof. In some Melanesian cultural traditions, carvings and other art forms had strong religious significance.

In Samoa, where the original s is used instead of h, v replaces w, and the glottal stop replaces the original k, the largest island is called Savai'i.

In some Polynesian societies the Marquesas and Samoa, for examplespecialists directed the mass fishing efforts and the elaborate religious rituals that went along with them. For example, in the Trobriands, because a matrilineal subclan was obligated to cultivate yams and ceremonially present them to the husbands of its absent female members, a leader with many wives became a centre of yam distribution.

Tokelauan society was governed by chiefly clansand there were occasional inter-atoll skirmishes and wars as well as inter-marriage.

The training concerned not only what to expect and what to do but also how to increase or maximize pleasure. Relationships were dissolved at the desire of one or both partners.

Later, Dutch, French and British navigators visited the islands; their reception was often hostile.

Pacific Islands

Birth order has traditionally been widely important in Micronesian societies. In this area considerable premarital and extramarital sex was traditionally expected.

History of the Pacific Islands

Similar arrangements occurred in the Admiralty Islands and other areas of island Melanesia. Of the high-island peoples, only the Yapese practiced much navigation on the open seas at the time of European arrival. Chamorro history into three periods: Kula partners, men who spoke different but related languages and observed slightly different cultural traditions, traveled long distances by carved and decorated outrigger canoes, and later by motorboat and even airplane, to exchange shell valuables.

From the s the economy was highly regulated and an extensive welfare state was developed. The common DNA, which is spread across the Pacific, suggests common ancestry of research subjects despite their East-West Pacific divide. There are indications that gardening was being practised at the same time that agriculture was developing in Mesopotamia and Egypt.

Melanesians accounted for nine of the Marine Corps officers and 11 enlisted men. Evidence of long-distance trade, particularly of shell ornaments and obsidian, suggests that the widely spread communities characterized by the Lapita tradition had become linked politically by 3,—3, years ago.

Title: Sexual Behavior in Pre Contact Hawai‘i: A Sexological Ethnography

Polynesian Hawaiian navigators sailing multi-hulled canoeca A common fishing canoe va'a with outrigger in Savai'i island, SamoaThese wayfinding techniques, along with outrigger canoe construction methods, were kept as guild secrets.Islands that were close together were linked by mariners who participated in regional trade.

They traded goods such as axes, potter, shells, decorative ornaments and yams. Trade made these islands function in economic, social and political structural ways. Micronesia includes the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau (Belau), the U.

S. Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. Historically, Micronesians descended from seafarers who populated the island atolls between BC and BC. Traditional, precontact, Hawai‘i 1 has several characteristics that make it a useful society in which to view such behaviors.

For better and worse, however, present day Hawai‘i is very different from its precontact character. Hawai‘i was one of the first South Pacific societies to be visited and written about by Westerners (Cook, ).

Postal Order Society: Postal Stationery Society of Australia: Western Australia Study Group: New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Micronesian culture: Micronesian culture, the beliefs and practices of the indigenous peoples of the ethnogeographic group of Pacific Islands known as Micronesia.

The region of Micronesia lies between the Philippines and Hawaii and encompasses more than 2, islands, most of which are small and many of which are found.

In this lesson, we'll talk about the first Pacific Island for Teachers for Schools for Early Pacific Island Cultures & Their Customs US Citizenship Study Guide; Western .

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