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Yap, Micronesia 4
 

Yap has maintained its culture and traditions over the years.  Its stone money is still used today for purposes such as land purchases, dowries, and settling of debts and grievances. The value of the stone money is determined by the history of the stone including how much effort was involved, and considers factors such as how many people died bringing the stone money over from Palau where the stone money is quarried. Since Yap had no prior written language, land ownership is passed down by word of mouth. This has caused a number of land disputes as memories fade from some of the elders.  This however is in the process of being rectified with the introduction of record keeping.

 

For more underwater images in this region, select gallery number below main image on this page.

 



Village Stone

Money Bank



Island of

Yap



Fishing Raft



Men's House



Details inside

Men's House

 


Copyright Lily Mak

 

Click for Yap U/W Galleries:   1    2

 

Click for Yap topside images:  3    4


 


Betel nut



Children

playing



Women

weaving baskets



Women

weaving hats



Warrier

dance


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