Yap Island - Medicine, Death & Afterlife

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Medicine

In traditional times, the Yapese people did not have specialized medical practitioners. In every family, members who had knowledge of magic associated with controlling weather, warfare, or fishing, also had knowledge in terms of health and disease.

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Yap Island - Labor, Kinship & Land Tenure

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Division of Labor

In Yap’s subsistence economy, Yapese women tend the swamp taro patches and yam gardens. Men help their wives and sisters in clearing fields and with the heavy agricultural work, but men’s primary subsistence role is fishing.

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Yap Island - Economy & Trade

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Economy

Most Yapese today combine some wage work activities with subsistence farming. Most Yapese are employed by the government. Private trading companies and service industries provide additional jobs.

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Yap Island and the Betel Nut

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Once you visit Yap, you will see that almost everyone on the island is chewing a small green nut, filled with a white powder and wrapped in a leaf. Most people add tobacco to their chew, and some soak this tobacco in vodka before using it.

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