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Over Seas and Time: A Micronesian History Texbook

Written by Tim Smit. Edited by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Pohnpei: FSM Department of Education, 2010. 506 pp. 2010 Education History

The Federated States of Micronesia is made up of hundreds of small islands, and each has a unique culture and history. This textbook does not attempt to provide the history of each island or each culture. Instead, it tries to highlight the similarities and shared experiences of all islanders who call Micronesia their home.

The textbook introduces students to the way in which the islands were formed and how the earliest people discovered and settled on them. It goes on to explore the earliest contacts between islanders and outsiders and the importance of the new technologies that were introduced at that time. Some of the foreigners who arrived at that time–whalers, missionaries and traders–made their home in the islands and exercised an even deeper influence on island life. Throughout the century of colonial rule, the islands were subject to even deeper and more lasting changes. Finally, the book looks at how Micronesians established an independent nation of islands, a nation that is young and has been shaped by people and events over time.

The textbook includes numerous illustrations as well as a review section, which includes vocabulary words and review questions, at the end of each chapter.

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one man(posted on March 05)

ssearcher1 Pitiniau. Which other island chiefs and kings are you referring to?

ssearcher1(posted on March 04)

If you're Pohnpeian especially those that pay respect and participated in the traditional feasts, you wouldn't bring this up in here. Why? Because, long long ago, feasts is for the nobles because they own lands and surrounding islets. But, today, it is so shameful that the traditional leaders seems to forget that the only reason for customs and traditions still carried or observerd, was to be recognized by other island chiefs and kings which still has full power and influence over land because they are in their control. So, in reality wise, it is meaningless to give anything to these kings because I owned 100% my land in addition, the kings don't contribute in the development of my land or planting crops. But, again, we continue to carry on the traditional customs because it shows that we still respect the old ways to some extend but not like what our ancestors think of the nanmarkies or sohpeidi in their times when all lands belong to the high chiefs and the Saudelors.

Kawika(posted on March 02)

Not a new thing. I saw this happened long long time ago in Pohnpei. Kamadipw where most of the good(pigs, yams, sakau and ets) were taken away by king and his nopwois. Other had to help themselves and acted like mehn pirap. People that were there told me that it was tradition. I remember being at a funeral were I saw King and his men kang sakau nek, and took all the food with them. Rest of the people basically went home hungry after the funeral. It should be known that a title of a King in Pohnpei is earned like all traditional titles in Pohnpei. They work their way up from the bottom by being nopwoi to others. So it should be understood that once one becomes a King, it is his time to collect. He can do what ever and however he want to with his gifts, payments, bribes, what ever he collects.

Niki(posted on March 01)

Interesting discussion ...


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