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Chapter 2

ANTH 1150 Chapter Notes - Chapter 2: Tapa Cloth, Maisin Language, Areca Nut

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ANTH 1150
Tad Mc Ilwraith

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ANTH 1150: Chapter 1 Fieldwork Among the Maisin
- August 14th 1982
- Cooked with grey tubers, plantains, squash, sweet potatoes, pork, fish
ad edile grees for the wife’s goig away party
- As food cooked men chewed betelnut, smoking, and talking about
their day
- Anne (wife) wore decorated bark cloth (tapa) skirt and shirt that the
church women and mother union made
- Senior males made speeches
- Women, men, and children gifted shell ornaments around Annes neck
and tuck flowers in her bracelets on her arms and legs, placed tapa on
her lap showed what makes a culture unique
- Maisin people who inhabit Uiaku and neighboring villages as tapa
people eause of their loth figures that attriute to their history,
interractions with each other, and dealings with the outside world
- Tapa cloth has sustained people, connect them to a still vital ancestral
past, defines gender roles and the modes of sociability, provides
income, stands as a symbol of identity
- Tapa = common name for cloth made from the pounded inner park of
the parker mulberry
- Tapa is not an uncommon thing, south pacific islands made it and men
in parts of Melanesia wear it as loin cloth lots of people
experimented with it with different trees, dyes, tools, techniques
- Many purposes to tapa: clothing, wealth, symbol of authority and
divinity, canvas for decorations, or the face of an ancestor
- Because of the emergence of global commercial networks cotton
arrived then synthetic clothing, decreasing tapa
- Today tapa is made in samoa. Fiji, tonga for tourist trade and
ceremonial purposes
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