1966 Yap and the Outer Islands… A Photo Journal (Part V)

Part V:  The Homes and Structures of Yap

Continued from Part IV: A Yapese Party

My mom has commented on the first picture and I’m in contact with the Yap Museum to help identify the structures in the other pictures.  As soon as I can identify the pictures properly I will.

"I am not sure if this is a men's house or just a regular home on Yap. When we came near a home it was proper to stop at a distance from the house and make some noise before we walked on. Mom and Dad had reel to reel tape recorder (about the size of 6 pack cooler) and they would record their impressions as they walked. There is stone money in front of the house. It probably belongs to the village or the family." Su Tucker (©Damon Tucker)

(© Damon Tucker)

(© Damon Tucker)

"This is an outhouse or “benjo” (the word they learned during Japanese occupataion.) Problem with some of them is that people would used smooth rocks as “Toilet paper” and the rocks would pile up. At low tide things could get a bit whiffy." Su Tucker (© Damon Tucker)

(© Damon Tucker)

"This pot had survived from the Spanish Occupation during the mid 18’s century. That pot may hae been givn to Mom and Dad because I remember seeing on like that on the side lanai" Su Tucker (© Damon Tucker)

(© Damon Tucker)

(© Damon Tucker)

A Picture is worth a thousand words (© Damon Tucker)

(@ Damon Tucker)

(@ Damon Tucker)

(© Damon Tucker)

(© Damon Tucker)

      4 Responses

      1. Re: the 4th photo down showing a structure on stilts over the water. I’ve seen similar structures on some of the Pacific atolls South of Hawaii. They were built over the reef flat on the seaward, not the lagoon side, of the atolls. They were used as toilets, with the waves or tides providing the flushing action. While I can’t be certain that this structure provides the same function, it looks remarkably similar.

      2. The architecture amazes me!

        • It’s so sad to know how people from remote islands lived. We lived comfortably than them. I feel so sad for them. Perhaps someday I will travel to those islands.

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