Foundations for Yap State’s Ethnography Program

5 November, 2016

Project 1 report has been publicly reviewed by the Council of Pilung, Council of Tomol, and a variety of people from Yap as well as colleagues who also conduct research on Yap, from environmental science to anthropology.

11 January, 2016

Some of the first people I met included the Wa’ab Cultural Heritage Society. They meet and discuss linguistic, tangible, and intangible aspects to Yapese culture.


This group is unique in that it is composed of women and men from different parts of the island and varying backgrounds. If not for this group (left), a Yapese dictionary would not exist.

My good friend, Tomas, gave me one of my first tours on Yap! He showed me around part of Gachpar, some of their contemporary sites (World War II) and traditional (below).



10 January, 2016

The United States National Park Service (NPS) and Yap State Historic Preservation moved me to Yap to conduct research for two projects: (1) An Ethnographic Evaluation, Inventory Assessment, and Research Design for Future Anthropologists, and (2) An Intensive Ethnographic Survey on Social Relationships and Groupings in Yapese Socio-politcal Organization. This page is devoted to keeping citizens of Yap State informed about these two projects.


Acknowledgement of Support, Disclaimer, and Nondiscrimination Statement: This survey report has been financed entirely with Federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior. The Guam Historic Preservation Program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation or disability in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to the Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C. Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240.


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