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Culture & Identity of the Marshall Islands


The towns in the Marshall Islands are growing rather quickly and today nearly three quarters of the population are considered "urban," although these cities are still small and better reflect a small town in most other countries. Due to this, most of the people live a life that is fairly rural and remains tied to the land and seas.

For most of the Marshallese, no matter their occupation, work starts at about 8:30 and runs until about 4:30 pm. For the farmers, fishers, and some others, there seems to be some time each day spent farming or fishing in order to provide food for your family.

Evenings and weekends tend to be spent with family and friends in the Marshall Islands as time tends to be spent in homes as opposed to going out to a restaurant, bar, or other form of entertainment.


The people of the Marshall Islands tend to identify with being Marshallese. This identity is strongly tied to the country itself, but is more engrained in the culture of the people. More than the ethnicity, language, and food of the people, the Marshallese identity is heavily invested in the mentality of the people, with a dependence on the land and seas around them. With rising water levels this attitude and identity is becoming more tied to environmental issues. On a secondary level the ethnicity and other aspects of the culture are also important in defining what it means to be Marshallese.

This page was last updated: November, 2013