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An Introduction to Polynesian Anthropology

Society Islands (1923)

Society Islands (1923)

E. S. C. Handy, Ethnologist; Willowdean C. Handy, Associate in Polynesian Folklore; and Jane Winne, volunteer assistant, spent seven months in the Society Islands. The islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Huahine, Tahaa, Borabora and Maupiti were visited. Measurements, observations, and photographs of 200 natives were obtained. Handy paid particular attention to history, culture, and some phases of material culture; Mrs. Handy made a study of native plaiting, net making, food preparations, and string figures; and Miss Winne devoted her attention to songs and music. Dr. and Mrs. Handy also made short visits to Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji. In Samoa, Handy made a study of Samoan houses and Mrs. Handy studied cooking and tattooing.