SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany test three ✿ ❦ ❀ Name:

  1. 13 October 2009: Food presentations. Matching on a circle: connect the matching terms with lines
    Matching on the circle Kon Fiaefiy Mwahng Ap Banana Coconut Hard taro Breadfruit
  2. 20 October 2009. Vegetative morphology matching. Use the leaves in the laboratory to match each leaf to the most appropriate leaf shape name:
  3. 20 October 2009. Vegetative morphology. Use the a sheet of paper to sketch a leaf. To the best of your ability, label the parts of the leaf. Include the petiole, midrib, blade, and axillary bud in your sketch. Include whether the leaf you have drawn is most likely to be a dicot or monocot.
  4. 27 October 2009. Material culture. In the past the class has used the fronds of Metroxylon amicarum (oahs) for thatching. Obtaining the fronds requires cutting down the tree. Rather than destroy a whole tree for a class activity, this term the class used an alternate thatching material.
    1. _______________ What is the name of the palm used this term in your own language?
    2. __________ ____________ What is the latin name of the palm used this term?
    3. _______________ On what island is this palm the singular traditional thatching material?
  5. 05 November 2009. Floral morphology. Use a sheet of paper to make a sketch of a flower. To the best of your ability, label all the parts of the flower as completely as possible. Include all four whorls.
  6. _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ 05 November 2009. Floral formula. For the flower in the laboratory, provide the floral formula
  7. Proposition: Men are no longer necessary or important in modern Micronesia.
    Traditionally men ventured into the ocean to catch fish, men climbed coconut trees, men climbed breadfruit trees, men planted and harvested massive multi-hundred pound yams, men dug up the giant hard swamp taro. Strong men harvested the sea and the land, bringing home food for their family. Men built the uhm (um), men cooked the food in the uhm, men pounded the kon, men pounded the fafa. Men hauled the large logs for huts, men roofed the hut. Men hunted, gathered, prepared food and shelter for their family. Women and their children needed men to survive. Men were important.

    Now food is "gathered" by shopping in a store. Fish come from a market, as do breadfruit, taro, yams, and bananas. Shopping is done by women. Cooking is now done in the kitchen, by women. Women gather the food, women prepare the food. Huts have been replaced by houses built by contractors using money from bank loans. Women can take out a bank loan and hire a contractor. Women no longer need men to survive. Men are now no longer important to the survival of women and children. Men no longer gather food, no longer build huts, and the inter-island wars that required a strong man to defend the family using material culture weapons of war have long ago ended. The role of provider now belongs to the woman, and the role of warrior is extinct except for the occasional war hoop of an inebriated young man.

    Write an essay either for or against the proposition. Include in your essay the cultural impact of this change and evidence for your position, whether it is pro or con. How does what you cite impact the cultural value of men? How are men impacted? How are women impacted? Where does this lead to in the future for the cultures and customs of Micronesia? Do not simply say "because," support your position with specific evidence and examples. Do not fall back on reasoning based on "because of tradition" - look at your clothes you are wearing today. Tradition is very changeable. Argue your position clearly.