The people of the Marshall Islands have
traditionally been skilled navigators and have been able
to travel with their canoes over great distances on the
Charts are still made of linked sticks and seashells.
Nowadays they are hardly used, but are mainly intended
The traditional communities in the Marshall Islands
form a complicated, socially stratified system of
matrilinear clans, that is, large families in which land
and titles are inherited on the mother's side. However,
the transition to monetary economics has meant that
women have gradually lost control of the earth.
Latest population statistics of Marshall Islands, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.
The chieftains still have a significant influence in
society. It was not until 2000 that a person without an
inherited chieftaincy title was elected president.