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Trobriand Islanders

anthropology midterm
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Marcella Netzlaff

on 6 December 2012

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BY: Marcella Netzlaff & Claudia Benitez TROBRIAND ISLANDERS OUTLINE BIBLIOGRAPHY Trobriand Islanders, a distinctive culture, believe in magic more than in marriage and have more faith in the death than in their compromise. When a boy and a girl have intercourse for the first time as a child (age 6-8), a necklace will be given to them.

When a couple decides to marry they will remove the necklace from their necks and place another one. Necklace After the gift exchange, the bride and groom stay at the groom’s parents hut.
During this period of time they share their meals in the same plate:
This shows they are in a honeymoon
This is an act of intimacy.
Only appropriate to declare marriage.
When the harvest arrives and the couple move into their new home, the wife takes on her responsibilities. HONEYMOON Both sexes have equal right to propose a divorce.
In most cases the parents encourage reconciliation. Most divorces are favored by women.
A divorce is easy to obtain since their marriage are not bound by laws.
Most divorces are caused by adultery. DIVORCE They can choose who they want to marry.
Married families normally live in the man’s father village.
Commitment.
If they live in the same village and close, a grandmother may take care of the children.
Your wife’s brothers are the heads of the family.
It is difficult for a father to give a gift to his son, what you can pass on are the intangibles such as: magic and dances. FAMILY DEATH The mourning and exchanges that come after a death, are the most lengthy and most expensive of all the rituals.
All-night vigil, men sing traditional songs, spouse and children of the deceased cry over the body.
Food and women’s wealth distributions takes place after the burial. KIDS The child’s freedom and independence also extends to sexual matters.

At a very young age children start playing erotic games and games that involve getting to know the body of the other sex.

Young girls accompany their father fishing and as they expose their naked bodies they are allowed to watch to get to know the male human body.


When a little boy and a little girl have intercourse for the first time they tell it to each other as a joke all of them enjoy. Anthropology & the Human Condition Home - Anthropology & the Human Condition. Trobriand - Anthropology & the Human Condition. Retrieved from http://sc2218.wetpaint.com/page/Trobriand Countries and Their Cultures. Marriage and family - Trobriand Islands. Retrieved from http://www.everyculture.com/Oceania/Trobriand-Islands-Marriage-and-Family.html Upload & Share PowerPoint presentations and documents. Trobriand Islandsr. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/PaulVMcDowell/trobriand-islandsr-presentation Free Term Papers, Research Papers, Essays, Book Notes | StudyMode.com. Trobrianders Of Papua New Guinea a Lasting Society Free Research Papers 41 - 60. Retrieved from http://www.studymode.com/subjects/trobrianders-of-papua-new-guinea-a-lasting-society-page3.html SocialPC - Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy etc.. Trobriand Island. Retrieved from http://www.socialpc.com/Anthropology/Trobriand-Island.html Oceanicartgallery.com niet in gebruik. Retrieved from http://www.francois-de-st-jacques.eu/uploads/1A_Trobriand_Islands_%28short_history%29%5B1%5D.pdf Art-Pacific.com - New Guinea tribal art and Indonesian folk art. Massim: Trobriand Islands and Kula exchange (Art-Pacific.com: New Guinea tribal art and Indonesian folk art). Retrieved from http://www.art-pacific.com/artifacts/nuguinea/massim/trobkula.htm Aaron Swartz. The Sexual Life of Savages (Aaron Swartz's Raw Thought). Retrieved from http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/savagesex Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Trobriand Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trobriand_Islands CSAC Ethnographics Gallery. Retrieved from http://lucy.ukc.ac.uk/ethnoatlas/hmar/cult_dir/culture.7877 Decision to Marry Normally the ones wanting to marry each other are related (most commonly cousins).
They have to ask for parental permission to consider marrying each other.If two cousins want to marry the same cousin they will each tell the girl and then she will make a decision.
When both decide they want to marry they will sit outside the hut of the girl’s parents and eat food that the girl has made.
This is used to show the entire community that they wish to marry each other and to expect a wedding soon. Gifts In order for them to marry, both families have to give gifts to the other kin.
The first gift is named Katuvila
The second gift is called Pepe’I
The third gift Kaykaboma
The fourth gift is called Mapula Kaykaboma Trobriand Islanders Children, Trobrianders tend to always
have some decoration on themselves. Necklaces made of shells from
the Trobriand Islands Trobriand kin on the Island Kiriwina Islanders participating in a
mortuary distribution. Trobriand Islander decorated and
ready for a celebration. 3 Main Ideas Their idea of marriage does not involve a fancy ceremony. They have different ideas of how to raise their child. For them marriage is not a really important pact since they do not marry by law. THESIS
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