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11/16/11 1 Geographic location of the Federal States of Micronesia Micronesia is made up of four small islands Chuuk ( Truk) matrilineal Kosrane (Kosaie) Pohnpei (Ponape) patrilineal Yap Capital: Palikir
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11/16/11 3 Part of Oceania Island group in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Indonesia GEOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS Islands vary geologically from high mountainous islands to low, coral atolls; volcanic outcroppings on Pohnpei, Kosrae and Chaak
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11/16/11 4 Life expectancy at birth: Total population: 70.05 years Males: 68.24 years Females: 71.95 years RELIGION Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 47%, other 3% LANGUAGE English is the official language
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11/16/11 5 LITERACY RATE 89% of the population over the age of 15 can read and write GDP per capita = $3,900 per year 26.7 % of the population live below the poverty line INDUSTRIES: tourism, construction, fish processing, craft items from shells, wood and pearls
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11/16/11 6 ABORTION RIGHTS The government has no official position on the issue. No specific knowledge of Doctors who were practicing abortions There have been stories of pregnant women ingesting plant extracts that may induce early abortions
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11/16/11 7 The Federated States of Micronesia is supported financially by the United States Until the early 20 th century it was a collective society After the 1960s it began to be transformed into an individualistic society
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11/16/11 8 The author of the chapter on Micronesia and the Marquises discusses the culture
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11/16/11 9 Social significance of food Sharing food is one of the most salient aspects of life in Micronesia Feasts involve enormous quantities of food Certain foods assume a special status during feasts and are considered essential. Pigs, yams, and sakau (a psychoactive beverage made from a local root)
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11/16/11 10 LAND IN MICRONESIA Land is scarce Complex, diverse and often competing tenure systems govern ownership of land Yap in the state of Pohnpei has a patrilineal affiliation that governs inheritance of land rights Matrilineages traditionally controlled land in Micronesia
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