Australian Museum Journal The Tavau, or coil feather currency of Santa Cruz Island, Santa Cruz group

Shortform:
Etheridge, 1902, Rec. Aust. Mus. 4(7): 289–291
Author(s):
Etheridge, R.
Year published:
1902
Title:
The Tavau, or coil feather currency of Santa Cruz Island, Santa Cruz group
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
4
Issue:
7
Start page:
289
End page:
291
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.4.1902.1104
Language:
English
Plates:
plate xliv
Date published:
25 August 1902
Cover date:
25 August 1902
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
13 November 2008
Available online:
05 March 2009
Reference number:
1104
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (75kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (914kb PDF)

Abstract

"The basis of money is at times a shell, a bead, a robe, a skin," says Mr. O.T. Mason, but, adds Dr. G.B. Tylor, "in this roughest kind of barter we do not yet find that clear notion of a unit of value which is the great step in trading." An account of the currency used by the native races of the South Pacific has yet to be written, and when investigated a very fascinating study it will prove to be. A perusal of the curious and interesting list of objects given by Dr. T. de Lacouperie as "Shapes of Currency from Barter to Money," used throughout the world, will impress this fact on the reader. In a review of Dr. Lacouperie's list Dr. J.D.E. Schmeltz adds some further important facts, including the "feather money" of Santa Cruz.