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Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the tropical island they inhabit, the people of the `Shish~kabob culture live in close harmony with each other and nature. Their deep respect for all life is apparent in their religious rituals, egalitarian relationships, horticulture and fishing subsistence practices, consensus political decisions, and cultural values. Although every person is different, each has something valuable to contribute to the well-being of their fellow `Shish~kabobians and to give honor to their god, LahBu-Ku.
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The `Shish~kabobians inhabit a tropical island in a monsoon climate with a vast abundance of natural resources ranging from dense, lush vegetation to marine and terrestrial wildlife to precious metals and fossil fuel. As a people, they have a deep respect for nature, which supplies them with everything they need in order to survive.
Subsistence & Exchange
Horticulture and fishing are the main sources of food for the `Shish~kabobians, and foraging is used to supplement their diets. Both general and balanced reciprocity are their form of exchange, and this gift-giving creates and maintains relationships that are so vital to their way of living.
Language & Gender
The `Shish~kabob world is divided in two, male and female, each with a specific set of roles and a separate language. These worlds are interdependent upon each other, however; the people are passively bilingual and mutually respect the other gender for their equal contribution to society.
Family & Household
Residence is matrilocal, since the women tend the gardens while the men are away for extensive lengths of time on expeditions. Family for the `Shish~kabob people is their village, the extended family, including the parents, maternal grandparents, aunts, and aunts' spouses and children, all who live in the same longhouse. Each person has a vital role contributing to the smooth functioning of the family, be it caring for children and the elders, tending gardens, hunting, or trading.
Sex, Love & Marriage
Marriage for the `Shish~kabobians is exogamous and polyandrous, with a maximum of five husbands for the women with the most fertile land, and is arranged in order to increase social cohesion between the villages. Sex is used for procreation and is kept within the bounds of marriage, and love is more of a factor in raising children and caring for elders than it is between spouses.
Kinship & Social Organization
`Shish~kabob descent is based on the Iroquois system, so the mother and her sisters are called by the same name, as are the fathers and their brothers, and parallel cousins are viewed as siblings, which helps to regulate the occurrence of incest. All fathers are equally regarded as parents to all the children. Social organization is based upon gender and age, where the women and men have separate roles, and the age groups include children, adults, and elders. However, all members of society are viewed as having important roles and are regarded as equal.
Both men and women hold hard power in the `Shish~kabob society, although this power is in different forms. The women control food resources, while the men act as warriors and representatives. The elders in the community hold the soft power and are the ones who resolve conflicts; the elder women dealing with conflicts within villages (families), while the male elders resolve conflict between villages. Leadership is based on experience and ability, and the women elect the men who will represent them in their pseudo-centralized "government" that strongly unites the separate villages. Decisions are made by consensus on the village level and then taken to the "government" level.
LahBu-Ku, the god of the `Shish~kabobians, is the controller of all nature. This transgendered god reflects how differences in society work together in harmony to yield a larger and better whole. Animal sacrifice is used to appease LahBu-Ku's anger, since life is sacred. During major life events, the `Shish~kabobians hold celebrations in honor of their god. The spirits of the dead who live on the island are also held in deep respect and help connect the people to their god and each other.
`Shish~kabob society uses and refines the things of nature to use as technology. Stones and bones are used for weapons and tools. Plants are used for poisons, food, medicine, and some clothing. Wood is used for shelter and boats. Animal hides are made into clothing.
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|keely139||connections b/t environment and subsistence/exchange||0||Nov 14 2008, 2:14 AM EST by keely139|
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when you work on the intergration part, will you check the connection b/t some of our natural resources (cocoa, coffee, copra, etc.) and make sure they are validated w/i our subsistence/exchange system. i just wrote steven a message as well. if it becomes a hassel, we can always take it out.
|keely139||Looks great!||0||Nov 14 2008, 1:46 AM EST by keely139|
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things are looking great and so much easier to use now. let me know if you see any links in my ethnog. i'm trying to make sure it connects well with those that mention environment in theirs, but then i'm having some difficulty trying not to go to in depth. if you get a chance, let me know what you think.
|jumperchick56||cool||0||Nov 12 2008, 12:16 PM EST by jumperchick56|
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