Oliver, Douglas L.. Land tenure in northeast Siuai, southern Bougainville, Solomon Islands

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Title: Land tenure in northeast 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. 97 p. ill., maps

By line: By Douglas L. Oliver

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

Culture: Siwai (ON19)

Subjects: Tillage (241); Vegetable production (244); Land use (311); Real property (423); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Residence (591); Informal in-group justice (627); Inter-community relations (628); Property offenses (685); Nonfulfillment of obligations (686);

Abstract: This study attempts to explain the complicated relationship of Siwais to their land. Land is owned by clans and matrilineages. Nevertheless, non-lineage members can have access to land depending on residence. Various court cases over land disputes are examined to reveal when and where rights of ownership and use are respected. The kinship structure of households and hamlets are also examined for how they relate to land ownership and use, and to the use of magical sanctions against trespassing.

Document Number: 5

Document ID: on19-005

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 97)

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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