Skinner, Elliott Percival, 1924-. The Mossi of the Upper Volta

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Title: The Mossi of the Upper Volta

Published By: Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1964. xiv, 236 p.

By line: Elliott Percival Skinner

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Mossi (FA28)

Subjects: History (175); Chief executive (643); Territorial hierarchy (631); Form and rules of government (642); Traditional history (173); External relations (648); Ethnic stratification (563); Status, role, and prestige (554); Territorial hierarchy (631); Lineages (613); Sacred objects and places (778); Family (590); Marriage (580); Community structure (621);

Abstract: This document presents an intensive study of the political development of the Mossi people, a Sudanese negroid group occupying the Republic of the Upper Volta, West Africa. The author gathered his data in the Upper Volta Republic between November 1955 and January 1957, a period during which many important political changes were taking place in this region, and most of the field work was done in the territory formerly included in the kingdom of Ouagadougou, although short visits were also made to the Yatenga, Tenkodogo, and Boussouma regions. The field work was further supplemented by data gathered from various government documents and ethnographies on the Mossi. Particular emphasis in this source is on the Mogho Naba (the supreme chief or emperor of the Mossi), his household, ministers, and various territorial chiefs (e.g., provincial, district and village chiefs), and the various levels of interaction between them. Additional information may also be found on law and judicial procedures, economic foundations, and religion and government. The last three chapters of this work present a culture history of Mossi-European relations, and the resulting changes taking place in Mossi political structure as the result of the European conquest of these people. For lack of available information on the 'Ninisi,' an aboriginal people living in the Upper Volta area prior to the coming of the Mossi, information on this group has been subsumed under Mossi (FA28). Footnotes are on pp. 205-219.

Document Number: 11

Document ID: fa28-011

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1955-1957

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1965-1968

Coverage Date: 1481-1957

Coverage Place: Burkina Faso

LCSH: Mossi (African people)


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