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ERIC Number: ED377132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Pages: 9
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Micronesian Art Historical Research and Library Collection Resources in Micronesia.
Haynes, Douglas
This paper briefly describes the geographic region and some indigenous artifacts of Micronesia. The state of art historical research in the area and currently available library resources are discussed. Micronesia is comprised of seven island nations peopled by distinctly unique cultural groups. Study of Micronesian art and architecture is relatively recent. Early work was done by German, then Japanese, expeditions. More recently, Americans, as well as European and Japanese researchers, have studied the art and cultures of Micronesia. Among art forms studied are latte stones, dating from 1000 A.D. to 1668 A.D. These were hand smoothed and fitted limestone columns and capstones used to construct A-frame houses for the Chamorros, a people of the Mariana Islands group. The bai, a communal village house of Palau, is decorated with sculptures expressing a complex iconography of mythological symbolism. Another architectural accomplishment of Micronesians are the stone cities of Pohnpei and Kosrae, dating from the 8th-9th centuries to 1830. The largest collection of Micronesian art history materials available in the islands is the collection at the University of Guam (Mangilao). Other collections are located in the Palau National Museum Library in Koror, Palau; the Community College of Micronesia Pacific Collection in Kolonia, Pohnpei; The Nieves Flores Public Library in Agana, Guam; and the Federated States of Micronesia National Archives in Palikir, Pohnpe. Collections of library resources also can be found outside the area at the University of Hawaii; the Spanish archives in the Phillippines, Seville, and Madrid; and the Jesuit archives in Rome. Many materials remain uncatalogued and unindexed, a situation the Micronesian Area Research Center would like to address. An in-process integrated computer network will make access to these resources feasible in the future. (MM)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - General
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Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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