An Intensive Ethnographic Survey on Traditional Routes in Kosraean Culture
Granting Agency: Department of Interior, U.S. National Park Service
Project PI: Ashley Meredith, Kosrae State Cultural Anthropologist
Project dates: July 2017-January 2018
Approved by NPS: June 29, 2017
Historically, Kosrae was not only a refuge for travelers and major trading post (Wheeler 2015), but also a place from which Kosraeans emigrated (Sarfert 1919, 1920). Additionally, the archaeological reports of Wheeler (2015), Beardsley (2013, 2012), Cordy (1985), and Sarfert (1919) indicate travel occurred between the four main municipalities for collecting food, carrying food, maintaining relationships, and paying homage to the tokosra, Kosraean king, as well as the breadfruit goddess, Sinlaka, who made a route to Yap. Prior to Sarfert’s participation in the German South Seas Expedition from 1908-1910, Kosraeans voyaged as far as the outermost islands of Yap State closest to Chuuk, where, in his time, Kosraeans reported Kosraean descendents to still be living there in 1908.
On contemporary Kosrae, recent FSM population statistics report approximately 50 percent of Kosraeans maintain a subsistence way of life. Additionally, a recent Kosrae State Government health initiative relieves government employees 30 minutes early each day to continue to maintain a subsistence way of life, requiring knowledge of traditional routes for hunting and gathering natural resources for subsisting; however, little ethnography captures this knowledge on traditional routes. Upon completion of this project, including NPS approval, the document can be found here.
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2013 Archaeological Survey and Mapping of Selected Sites within Menke, Utwe Municipality, Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia. Phase I. Office of History and Culture, Kosrae, Micronesia.
2012 Archaeological Exploration of Menke, Utwe Municipality, Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia. Phase I. Office of History and Culture, Kosrae, Micronesia.
1985 Archaeological Data Recovery in Central Utwa, Kosrae Circumferential Road. Kosrae Office of History and Culture, Kosrae.
1919 Kosrae. Vol. 1, Ethnography: General Information and Material Culture. Results of the South Seas Expedition 1908-1910. L. Friederichsen, de Gruyter & Co., Hamburg [translated by Carmen Petrosian-Husa, 2008].
1920 Kosrae. Vol. 2, Non-Material Culture. Results of the South Seas Expedition 1908-1910. L. Friederichsen, de Gruyter & Co., Hamburg [translated by Carmen Petrosian-Husa, 2008].
2015 The Brig Waverly Historic Context and Reconnaissance Survey Lelu Harbor, Kosrae, FSM.
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