Boas, Franz, 1858-1942. The mythology of the Bella Coola Indians

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Title: The mythology of the Bella Coola Indians

Published By: New York: [s.n.], 1900. 25-50, 114-127 p., 6 end plates

By line: by Franz Boas

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Nuxalk (NE06)

Subjects: Cosmology (772); Spirits and gods (776); Mythology (773); Sodalities (575); Historical reconstruction (174);

Abstract: This source presents a resumé of some of the basic Bellacoola myths, including a brief study of native cosmology. In addition to the above, some incidental information may also be found in this source on spirits and gods, the shaman, beliefs about animals, village names and their locations, and the [n]sisau'k'[/n] and [n]ku'siut[/n] societies. The author concludes the source with a theoretical discussion on the development of the mythology of the Bellacoola. Pp. 51-113 of this source, which deal with the individual myths of specific villages rather than with the mythology of the Bellacoola as a whole, have not been processed. Six end plates provide excellent illustrations of the various representative masks used in Bellacoola ceremonials.

Document Number: 7

Document ID: ne06-007

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1886-ca. 1890

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1964-1965; John Beierle; 2010

Coverage Date: 1886-ca.1890

Coverage Place: Dean Inlet and Bentinck Arm, British Columbia, Canada

LCSH: Bella Coola Indians


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