Samoan material culture
The Museum • (75) • Published In 1930 • Pages: 1 l., xi, , -724
By: Buck, Peter Henry.
AbstractThis document is a fairly complete catalog of Samoan material culture. However, some relevant material on Samoan social structure is included. Buck does not provide a great deal on those aspects of material culture which are adequately covered in other documents. He deals intensively with housing, utensils, food plants and animals, kava, plaiting, clothing, bark cloth, tools, boats, fishing and hunting gear, games, weapons, ornaments, and tattooing. Distributional comparisons of Samoan material culture with that of other Oceanic groups occur frequently throughout the text, and the concluding chapter consists of a summary of the material cultural position of Samoa in Polynesia. This section (pp. 661-680) has been marked for both OU8 Samoa and OS2 Polynesians. Fifty-six end plates are described in a section of the text which precedes them. A paginated index follows the plates. The author spent six months in Samoa in 1927-28, distributed as follows: three weeks in Tutuila, two months in Manua, and over two months in Savaii and Upolu. The author also makes extensive use of the literature on Samoa and on Polynesia as a whole.
- HRAF PubDate
- Sub Region
- Document Type
- William W. Stein ; 1956
- Coverage Date
- Coverage Place
- Western Samoa
- by Te Rangi Hiroa (P. H. Buck)
- 'Literature cited': p. 681-682
- Ethnology--Samoan Islands/Samoa