LeBar, Frank M.. The material culture of Truk

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Chapter 1 Tools And Utensils

Cutting Tools

Grinding And Polishing Tools

Needles And Drills


Pounders And Graters


Chapter 2 Fibers And Cordage


Cordage Techniques

Chapter 3 Plaiting

Coconut Leaflet Mats

Coconut Leaflet Baskets

Coconut Leaflot Fans

Pandanus Mats

Coconut Cord Baskets

Chapter 4 Weaving


The Loom

Winding The Warp

Mounting The Warp


Chapter 5 Chemical Industries





Chapter 6 Agriculture

Cultivated Crops

Areas Under Cultivation

Agricultural Techniques

Chapter 7 Hunting

Bird Snares

Crab Snares

Domesticated Animals

Chapter 8 Fishing




Rock Heaps

Bow And Arrow

Coconut Leaf Sweeps


Catching Turtles By Hand






Kite Fishing

Stone Weirs



Framed Nets

Frameless Nets

Chapter 9 Food

Acquisition Of Food

Preserved Breadfruit

Preparation Of Food For Cooking


Cooking Techniques

Post-cooking Preparation Of Food

Condiments And Special Dishes

Cooking And Eating Miscellany



Chapter 10 Housing

Types Of Buildings


Size Of Buildings


Basic Structural Style 9

Thatch Sheets

Thatching A Roof 13

Ridge Capping

Erecting A Building 15

House Furnishings

Chapter 11 Canoes

Fishing Canoe


Outrigger System

[illegible] Attachments


Large Racing Or War Canoes

Large War Canoe With Weather Platform

Sailing Canoes

Canoe Accessories

Double Canoes

Model Racing Canoes


Chapter 12 Clothing

Wrap-around Skirt


Poncho-like Capes

Poncho-like Cloaks

Reef Shoes

Pandanus Hat

Chapter 13 Ornamentation

Belts, Arm Bands, And Leg Bands

Ear Ornamentation

Head And Hair Ornamentation

Painting And Tattooing

Chapter 14 Weapons



Sling Stones

Sling Stone Carrier


Bow And Arrow

Knuckle Duster

Chapter 15 Recreational And Ceremonial Objects

Dance Rods

Love Sticks

Nose Flutes

Shell Trumpet

Receptacle For Spirit Offerings

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Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The material culture of Truk

Published By: Original publisher {s.l.}: {s.n.}. {n.d.}. 389 leaves ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Frank M. LeBar

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Chuuk (OR19)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Fishing (226); Agriculture (240); Mats and basketry (285); Food preparation (252); Ornament (301); Dwellings (342); Boats (501);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this manuscript LeBar presents a complete inventory of the material culture of Chuuk. Attention is paid to materials and means, as well as to the finished product and its use. Also recorded are the motor habits involved in various technological activities, and where possible, the pre-contact, or early post-contact material culture.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 3

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. or19-003

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Manuscript

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Unpublished manuscript on file at HRAF Includes bibliographical references (388-389)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1947-1948

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Joan Steffens ; 1963

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1947-1948

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Trukese (Micronesian people)


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