Volkens, G.. Concerning the Carolines Island of Yap

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Title: Concerning the Carolines Island of Yap

Published in: Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Erkunde zu Berlin -- Vol. 28

Published By: Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Erkunde zu Berlin -- Vol. 28 [Berlin]: [Dietrich Reimer], 1901. HRAF ms: 1-20 p. [original: 62-76 p.]

By line: G. Volkens

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Yapese (OR22)

Subjects: Topography and geology (133); Flora (137); Normal garb (291); Ornament (301); Slavery (567);

Abstract: This article, although presenting a fairly good study of Yap geography, is disappointing in its superficial treatment of the ethnography of the Yapese people. Most of the cultural data revolves around various aspects of the material culture, (which incidentally has been dealt with far more adequately in other sources in this file), with little information on social organization except in a brief passage on slavery and a reference to the division of Yap into political districts. The author does present some data on the physical aspects of the population and their 'supposed' racial affinities. Along these lines he suggests an unsubstantiated theory to the effect that the Yapese people may have originated from the east, '… even from America …' (p. 8), instead of the Malayan area which was the current theory at the time.

Document Number: 14

Document ID: or22-014

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English translation from German

Note: Translation of: [Über die Karolinen-Insel Yap]. Translated from the German in 1942 for the Yale Cross-Cultural Survey in connection with the Navy Pacific Islands Handbook Project.

Field Date: ca. 1900

Evaluation: Natural Scientist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1969

Coverage Date: 1900

Coverage Place: Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia

LCSH: Yapese (Micronesian people)/Yap (Micronesia)


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