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Samoan Material Culture



In Samoa, little use is made of pounding cooked food with the result that no food pounders of a permanent type, either in wood or stone, were made. The adz-shaped breadfruit splitter is characteristic. In the east, each locality is characterized by stone food pounders well made and typically shaped. The breadfruit splitters are wedge-shaped without the Samoan type of handle. While the Samoan tripod tree trunk type of coconut grater frame was seen in Tahiti, the four-legged stool with a projecting arm is the usual eastern type. Wooden bowls are of great variety in shape but it may be said that the round Samoan kava bowl with legs is not made in the eastern area.