Oliver, Douglas L.. Economic and social uses of domestic pigs in Siuai, southern Bougainville, Solomon Islands

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Title: Economic and social uses of domestic pigs in Siuai, southern Bougainville, Solomon Islands

Published in: Studies in the anthropology of Bougainville, Solomon Islands

Published By: Studies in the anthropology of Bougainville, Solomon Islands The Museum. 1949. 29 p. ill., map

By line: By Douglas L. Oliver

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Siwai (ON19)

Subjects: Hunting and trapping (224); Domesticated animals (231); Price and value (435); Exchange transactions (437); External trade (439); Accounting (451); Status, role, and prestige (554); Manipulative mobility (557); Visiting and hospitality (574); Household (592); Extended families (596);

Abstract: This document discusses pig-hunting and pig-raising, and examines the overall significance of pigs in the Siwai economy. Pigs are exchanged for shell money that is used in everyday economic transactions. As much as Siwais love to eat pork, pigs are not bought or raised just for consumption. Rather, the exchange of pigs plays important roles in social and political life, especially in status-enhancing feasts. Pigs are consumed only at feasts, which are held at life-changing events, including christenings, marriages, and funerals. The author discusses the intricate process of the raising, loaning, and accounting of pigs that occurs around status-enhancing feasts.

Document Number: 4

Document ID: on19-004

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 29)

Field Date: 1938-1939

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard; 2014

Coverage Date: 1938-1939

Coverage Place: southern Bougainville, North Solomons Province, Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Siuai (Papuan people)

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