Senfft, Arno, 1864-1909. The money of the Yapese

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Title: The money of the Yapese

Published in: Deutsches kolonialblatt -- Vol. 12

Published By: Deutsches kolonialblatt -- Vol. 12 Berlin: Verlag von Ernst Siegfried Mittler und Sohn, Künigliche Hofbuchhandlung, 1901. HRAF ms: 1, 5 leaves [original: 870-872 p.]

By line: Arno Senfft

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

Culture: Yapese (OR22)

Subjects: Medium of exchange (436); Ethnobotany (824); Lithic industries (324); Gift giving (431); Weight moving (483); Price and value (435); External trade (439);

Abstract: This brief article discusses the two main forms of Yap money: 'fä' (large circular stones with round holes hewed out in the center) and 'jar' (mother-of -pearl shells). The manufacture and transport of 'fä' are described and the use and value of 'jar' and 'fä' are compared. The 'mitemit,' ceremonial distribution of gifts and repayment of debts which occur after the death of a chief or rich man, is also described.

Document Number: 18

Document ID: or22-018

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English translation from German

Note: Translation of: [Das Geld der Yaper]. 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: Government Official-5

Analyst: Helen Gunsher Bornstein; 1975

Coverage Date: 1900

Coverage Place: Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia

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


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