Nest in the Wind Essay
The Essay Assignment:
What is the role of Kava on the island of Pohnpei? How does the author describe the processing and use of Kava in different social situations? Does she and her husband use Kava and does it do the same thing for them as for the other Pohnpeians? How is the Kava ritual important in building relationships and social standing? What are the differences between kava in capsule form sold in health food stores and the kava found on the island? What accounts fo these differences? What does this tell us about the role of culture, especially in temrs of ritual, exchange, and social relations?
In 30 years the Culture of Pohnpeians has changes significantly . After Martha Ward had left the island much changed. One of the biggest changes was that the Island was now part of a nation and a government recognized by the United States. Another change in Pohnpeian culture was in their relations ships. One example of this is quoted “Dating customs were changing. Young Couples hold hands and eat together in public “(Ward 2005). When Martha Ward visited the Island couples would go out of their way to show no public relation let alone affection. They tried so much not to even make contact with one another. The reason for this change was young people visiting other civilizations and seeing these actions in such places as movies and