Woodcarving is a common craft and at
traditional parties dances often occur. Each state has
its own form of pop music, a mix of traditional music
and Western pop music.
In 2016, the UN agency Unesco included the
prehistoric construction site Nan Madol on the World
Heritage List. The complex is built on artificial
islands in a lagoon off the island of Pohnpei and
consists of stone palaces, temples, graves and houses.
Nan Madol was the political and spiritual center of the
so-called Saudi dynasty and was erected between the 13th
and 16th centuries.
Latest population statistics of Micronesia, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.
In all the islands except Yap, the residents are
organized into matrilinear clans, where kinship is
counted on the mother's side. The clans are still of
great importance and are held together over great
distances, even across national borders.
The Micronesian communities have traditionally been
highly hierarchical. Most often, the individual's
position is determined by the customer affiliation, but
in the state of Pohnpei the pattern differs in that the
residents compete to get certain positions and titles.
The traditional customs have now been mixed with more
modern Western influences (see Customs and customs).