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.
Yapese consider it improper to marry anyone who may be related. Young Yapese generally select their own mates, and most have one or two trial marriages before they establish a permanent relationship that results in children.
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.
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.