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Education Collections Anthropology
“Love Sticks” from the Island of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia. Traditionally, young men would own personalized wooden love-sticks on which they would carve two of the same design. A short one would be carved to be utilized for his hair, the long one would be for the woman. When a man likes a woman, he uses the long love-stick to poke into her hut or her hair. If the love-stick's design is that of the man she likes, she will pull the love-stick signaling for him to come in. If the woman pushes the love-stick out, it means she is not interested in the man.
Evelyn Busch, MA
Collections Manager of Education Collections, Health Sciences and Scientific Instruments
Assistant Collections Manager of Education Collections and Health Sciences
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