Posts Tagged ‘baskets’


There is something else that’s very unique to the Micronesian culture of Yap. The islanders use special handwoven baskets to carry all their valuables and betel nuts. There are different kinds of baskets for men and women, some are used to carry infants and others are used to carry food. How big the basket is usually shows the status of its owner in the village.

As was mentioned in the post about proper behavior on the island, there is a certain etiquette for baskets also. For example, any time a native walks into another Yap village, carrying their basket shows they have gone there in peace. If you’re a visitor, carrying a green branch with you would signify you’re not looking for any trouble. And remember, it is very rude to touch someone’s basket without asking for permission first.