Trobriand Islands (PNG) are located in the Solomon Sea, to the northeast of the New Guinea Island (mainland PNG.
- The archipelago consists of 4 large islands (Kiriwina, Kaileuna, Vakuta, Kitava), islets and coral atolls, with a total land area of approx 450 km2 (174 ml2).
- The group's total population is around 13,000 (all indigenous people), most of them living on Kiriwina.
- Trobriand Islands are considered an important tropical rainforest region that needs to be conserved and protected.
- Over 6% of the islands's inhabitants are between 60-95 years of age.
- These people are mostly horticulturalists. Matrilineal clans control the land and its resources. Hunger and scarcity of food is often an isssue due to poor growing conditions.
- Eating in front of others is taboo. They eat alone, or turn their backs on one another and eat rapidly for fear of being observed.
- They eat mainly yams (vegetables) and often chew betel nuts (mixed with pepper plant and slaked lime) causing their teeth to appear red.
- At 7-8 years of age, children are allowed to play erotic games and start to imitate adult seductive behaviour. At the age of 12-15 they begin to pursue sexual partners. Partners are changed often (no traditional marriages). Women are equal to men in pursuing or refusing a partner. The married couple starts to eat together (which is officially recognized as a marriage) for about a year, then go back to eating separately. If after 1 year the woman is unhappy, she may divorce her husband. Couples get divorced also if the man chooses another woman.
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