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Early observations of Marquesan culture, 1595-1813

Author: Edwin N Ferdon
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1993.
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The Marquesas Islands of the South Pacific do not lend themselves to human habitation, as they lack the coral reefs and lagoons that on other islands offer easy access to sea life and foster the formation of arable coastal plains. Yet according to archaeological estimates, this archipelago has been inhabited by Polynesian peoples since around A.D. 300. The Marquesas were not visited by Europeans until 1595 - with  Read more...
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Ferdon, Edwin N., 1913-
Early observations of Marquesan culture, 1595-1813.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)594192930
Online version:
Ferdon, Edwin N., 1913-
Early observations of Marquesan culture, 1595-1813.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)622890603
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edwin N Ferdon
ISBN: 0816513910 9780816513918
OCLC Number: 28067163
Description: xv, 184 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Islands --
2. The Marquesans and Their Dwellings. Tattoos. Dress and Ornament. Settlements and Dwellings --
3. Social Organization and Government. The Commoner Class. The Tabooed Class. Marquesan Social Ranking. The Governing Chiefly Class --
4. Religion. The Superior Gods. The Parochial Gods. Priests. Me'ae. Spirits and Sorcery --
5. Daily Life and Diversions. Division of Labor. Tools and Domestic Crafts. Meals and Their Preparation. Diversions. The Koina --
6. From Birth to Death. The Youthful Years. Marriage and Divorce. Illness and Medical Practices. Death and Burial --
7. The Quest for Food. Domesticated Crops. Animal Husbandry. Fishing. Drought and Famine --
8. Transportation and Trade. Canoes and Voyaging. Trade --
9. Warfare. Weapons. The Nature of Wars. Fortifications. Signs of Peace --
10. In Retrospect. Marquesan Roots. Potential Marquesan Source of Useful American Plants.
Responsibility: Edwin N. Ferdon.

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