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

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

Title: The money of the Yapese

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Deutsches kolonialblatt -- Vol. 12

Published By: Original publisher 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: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Arno Senfft

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Yapese (OR22)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Medium of exchange (436); Ethnobotany (824); Lithic industries (324); Gift giving (431); Weight moving (483); Price and value (435); External trade (439);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 18

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. or22-018

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

Language: Language that the document is written in 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: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document ca. 1900

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 Government Official-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Helen Gunsher Bornstein; 1975

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1900

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Yapese (Micronesian people)/Yap (Micronesia)


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