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Being a Palauan

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Palauan men praise women and state with pride, "Women are strong; men are weak." But men do the planning and make the decisions. This is no more strange to a Palauan than the fact that many children whose biological parents are still alive are adopted many times, and that material advantage should accrue from these transactions to several kinsmen of the child.

Dr. Barnett l
Unknown Binding, 118 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by Holt McDougal (first published 1960)
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Though short, this was a thorough and insightful study of the culture of Palau in the late 1940s-early 1950s -- just the sort of anthropological book to read if you want to learn but aren't all that interested in the subject as a whole. Although Palau had been in the hands of no less than three colonial occupiers from three continents over the short space of 1900 - 1950, in many ways their citizens didn't even seem to notice the difference.

I do confess I was a bit disturbed by the author's asser
The author lived in Palau, visited again a few years later and spoke to ex-patriot Palauans even later. He wrote a cultural history which reads more like a series of essays than an academic study, which makes this short book accessible, but is probably too general to be useful to anthropologists.
It is also quite old, his time there was soon after WWII and his later information from the 1950s, but it is still worth reading to find out about Palauan life.
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