Honigmann, John Joseph. The Kaska Indians: an ethnographic reconstruction

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Title: The Kaska Indians: an ethnographic reconstruction

Published By: New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1954. 162 p.

By line: John J. Honigmann

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

Culture: Kaska (ND12)

Subjects: Dwellings (342); Travel (484); Woodworking (322); Diet (262); Knots and lashings (284); Infant care (854); Water transport (505); Shipbuilding (396); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Boats (501); Water transport (505); Community structure (621); Informal in-group justice (627); Music (533); Extended families (596); Household (592); General sex restrictions (834); Friendships (572); Kin relationships (602); ; Social control (626); Liability (672); Mythology (773); Magic (789); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Adolescent activities (883); ;

Abstract: The material in this excellent source was collected by Honigmann mainly during his first visit to the Kaska, partly as a means to win the confidence of these people in preparation for a study of their personality and ethos (1949). Relying heavily on five informants, he gives a picture of the pre-contact culture of these people as remembered by them, supplemented by the study of pertinent historical materials. The study is divided into five main sections: Making a Living; Camp and Camp Life; Social Organization; Belief and Thought; and Life Cycle. Appendices position the Kaska within the Northern Athapaskan Culture Area, and tabulate aboriginal Kaska culture traits as known for four subgroups.

Document Number: 6

Document ID: nd12-006

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1943-1945

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

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

Coverage Date: 1800-1945

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

LCSH: Kaska Indians


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