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Cordy, Ross (1982) Archaeological Settlement Pattern Studies on Yap. Office of Historic Preservation, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and Historic Preservation Office, Yap State, FSM. Micronesian Archaeological Survey Report Series Number 16.

Descantes, Christophe (1998) "Integrating Archaeology and Ethnohistory: The Development of Exchange between Yap and Ulithi, Western Caroline Islands." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Oregon.

Figirliyong, Josede (1976) "The Contemporary Political System of Ulithi Atoll." Masters Thesis in Anthropology, California State University, Fullerton (ms).

Lessa, William A. (1962) "The Decreasing Power of Myth on Ulithi." Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 75 No. 256, April-June: 153-159.
This article tells more about the origins of the Rool'oang and the rituals associated with this site. See also:

Lessa, William A. (1984) "Sea turtles and ritual, conservation in the Caroline islands" in Béla Gunda, ed, The Fishing Culture of the World: Studies in Ethnology, Cultural Ecology and Folklore. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó: 1183-1201.


Images are drawn from the above sources where noted.

Historical photograph of the Women's House comes from
Lessa, William A. (1966) Ulithi: A Micronesian Design for Living. Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston.

Historical photographs of the Men's House on Mogmog come from
Lessa, William A. (1964) "The Social Effects of Typhoon Ophelia (1960) on Ulithi." Reprinted from Micronesica Vol. 1, Nos. 1 and 2.

Images from the Trust Territory of the Pacific Archives are available online from the University of Hawai‘i:

Color images of turtle on Satawal courtesy of Benigno Sablan, Tanapag Village, Saipan.

Maaem (Napoleon Wrasse) Photograph by Ethan Daniels, used with permission.

Except where stated otherwise, all photographs by RDK Herman, Pacific Worlds.


We are not currently aware of relevant sites on the indigenous culture and places of Ulithi and the Western Caroline Islands. Please contact us with suggestions.



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