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.
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