Home in the Islands : Housing and Social Change in the by Jan Rensel, Margaret Rodman Critchlow

By Jan Rensel, Margaret Rodman Critchlow

Ordinary homes have striking tales to tell.

For greater than a century, anthropologists were recording those sagas in an try to discover humanity's dating with the typical living. basic to the interplay of people and housing is the way in which humans form their residing areas, even redefining their reasons and meanings; their homes, in flip, impression how humans reside their lives and perpetuate the cultural buildings that produced a given type of shelter.

The tales draw cognizance to colonial and missionary agendas, neighborhood and international economies, environmental mess ups, cultural identities, social connections, and relatives continuity, in addition to own offerings. And, because the bankruptcy on homeless Hawaiians exhibits, even these with no homes have tales to tell.

Anthropologists, architects, environmental designers, geographers, and historians will welcome this varied quantity on a missed but vital element of switch within the lives of Pacific Islanders.

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In our 1989 survey, Howard and I included detailed inventories of household furnishings and appliances. 3). The majority of households reported some European furnishings: For instance, 65 percent had chairs, 79 percent tables, and 87 percent beds. book Page 48 Thursday, November 29, 2001 11:44 AM 48 Jan Rensel style furniture, mat making assumes a smaller portion of women’s responsibilities. Although mats remain highly important for ceremonial exchange, and commonly are used as floor coverings or beds, women reportedly spend less time plaiting mats than they used to, and young women often do not learn how to plait mats at all.

People are drawn from outlying areas to more densely settled port towns and government centers in pursuit of education, employment, novelty and excitement, etc. Thus the urban centers in this volume include Weno as well as metropolitan Auckland and Honolulu. 6. In his book, Longhouse to Village, Shaw (1996, 27) reports a tale from Samo that has been told, with variations, for other locales: Under government supervision the villagers dutifully built latrines, and used them as instructed. After a year, however, a government inspector found the outhouses maggot infested, and ordered them burned.

Underneath this piece of wood, when a suitable height, a knot is made, not large enough to pass through the hole in the wood, which is thus kept stationary. However, the slightest weight on any part of it, at once gives the wood a sudden tilt downwards, and the rat is dropped on to the floor, clear of the kokona, and alongside of the cat. (Allardyce 1885–1886, 134) Given the importance of mats as primary furnishings as well as items in ceremonial exchange, one could assume that plaiting them took up much of women’s time.

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