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The Micronesian islands are a collection of thousands of tiny islands and many dependent and independent states in the North Pacific. Famous for its exceptional scuba diving and enhanced by the many relics from WW11 which made it famous, these islands are a mix of remote outposts and commercial tourist destinations, of traditional cultures and lifestyles and American and Japanese playgrounds.

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Aspects of Yap __ "According to Yapese mythology, the island of Yap, a long time ago, contained only a few people. There was only one chief and he was worshipped by the whole island which was populated by a mixture of people and ghosts. The chief heard about a very beautiful lady who was a ghost and stayed on a stone outside of the village." No spoilers here. You will have to read the end yourself. - From janesoceania.com - http://www.janesoceania.com/micronesia_yap/ 

Culture __ "Micronesian societies are made up of clan groupings, with descent traced through the mother (except on Yap, where descent is patrilineal). The head clan on each island can trace its lineage back to the island's original settlers." A general overview. - From pacificislandtravel.com - http://www.pacificislandtravel.com/micronesia/about_destin/fsm_culture.html 

Ethnologue report for Micronesia __ Web page dedicated to the languages spoken in Micronesia. - From SIL International - http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=micronesia 

History - Federated States of Micronesia __ "The FSM has a rich history dating back several thousand years. The islands were originally settled by ancient people sailing east from Asia and north from Polynesia. Later discovers and settlers included the Spanish, Germans, and Japanese and evidence of their former presence is found throughout the islands." Find out more. - From visit-fsm.org - http://www.visit-fsm.org/visitors/history.html 

Jane's Micronesia Home Page __ A great all purpose site about Micronesia covering culture, people and many other aspects. - From janeresture.com - http://www.janeresture.com/michome/index.htm 

 

MapZones.com : Micronesia Culture __ Brief overview of Micronesian culture with links to much other information about Micronesia - From MapXones.com - http://www.mapzones.com/world/pacific/federated_states_of_micronesia/cultureindex.php

Micronesia (10/05 __ "Facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, foreign relations of Micronesia." - From US Department of State - http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1839.htm 

Micronesian Mythology __ "When Magellan first visited Guam in 1521, the Chamorro, who were the indigenous population of the Mariana Islands had the doubtful honour of being the first people of Oceania to receive European callers. It was not until 1668 however that the Jesuits and soldiery set about converting and subduing the islanders." Learn about the indigenous religion and its beliefs. - illustrated - From janeresture.com - http://www.janeresture.com/micronesia_myths/ 

Micronesian Seminar __ This is an online resource with information on social change and history in Micronesia, and among Micronesians abroad. - micsem.org - http://www.micsem.org/ 

People - Federated States of Micronesia __ "The people of the FSM are classified as Micronesians, although some inhabitants of Pohnpei State are of Polynesian origin. They are actually a heterogeneous mixture with different customs and traditions bound together by recent history and common aspiration." - illustrated - From visit-fsm.org - http://www.visit-fsm.org/visitors/people.html 

Photos from Micronesian Tour '99 __ A couple of dozen photos of indigenous people and objects. - illustrated - From tritonfilms.com - http://www.tritonfilms.com/phototour99.htm 

Waluta Yap __ Like walking around with a pocket full of change? You might change your mind. Learn about the giant coinage of Yap. Just don't let one of them fall on you. - illustrated - From R. Antoszewski - http://www.antoranz.net/CURIOSA/ZBIOR3/C0310/10en-QZC08007_Yap.HTM 

Yap, Micronesia __ "Three indigenous languages are spoken. These are Yapese, Ulithian and Woleaian. English is the official language, though some local government organisations still conduct business in Yapese language." A general overview. - From pacificislandtravel.com - http://www.pacificislandtravel.com/micronesia/about_destin/fsm_yap.html 


 

 

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