Honigmann, John Joseph. Culture and ethos of Kaska society

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Title: Culture and ethos of Kaska society

Published By: New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1949. 366 p., 12 plates

By line: Wendell C. Bennett, editor

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Kaska (ND12)

Subjects: History (175); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Congregations (794); External relations (648); Community structure (621); Community heads (622); Annual cycle (221); Accumulation of wealth (556); Domesticated animals (231); Outbuildings (343); Weapons (411); Names of animals and things (552); Animal transport (492); Scientific method (813); Hunting and trapping (224); Division of labor by gender (462); Woodworking (322); Cordage (283); Exchange transactions (437);

Abstract: This is the primary source on the contemporary culture of the Kaska Indians, an Athapaskan-speaking group living in northern British Columbia and southern Yukon Territory. The monograph is divided into two main sections, cultural material being treated extensively in the first, and ethos and ethos development in the second. There is also an appendix containing life history materials, together with Rorshach records. In another appendix, all the definitions of the 'ethos' concept in use up to the date of writing (1946) are placed in a table. The author used the Outline of Cultural Materials in the field as an adjunct to his work. Although Honigmann first visited the Kaska area in 1943, he did not begin actual field work until 1944. The author, a graduate of Yale University, was Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: nd12-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Since the contemporary culture is, in effect, the result of acculturation, category 177 (acculturation) was marked lightly. Students interested in particular aspects of acculturation should refer to the appropriate categories.

Field Date: 1943-1945

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1957; Teferi Abate Adem; 2011

Coverage Date: 1940-1945

Coverage Place: northern British Columbia, southeastern Yukon Territory, and southwestern Northwest Territories, Canada

LCSH: Kaska Indians//Indians of North America


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