Kroeber, A. L. (Alfred Louis), 1876-1960. Ethnology of the Gros Ventre

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Title: Ethnology of the Gros Ventre

Published By: New York: Trustees, 1908. 141-281 p., pl. VII-XIII: ill.

By line: A. L. Kroeber

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

Culture: Gros Ventre (NQ13)

Subjects: Clans (614); Community structure (621); Decorative art (531); Games (524); Warfare (726); Sacred objects and places (778); Medical therapy (757); Pharmaceuticals (278); Ethnobotany (824); Organized ceremonial (796); Comparative evidence (171);

Abstract: The data for this study were collected by the author, a distinguished American anthropologist, during one of the very early field trips made in his professional career. The article presented here is lacking in over-all ethnographic coverage with little if any attention being given to kinship, kin groups, food processing, community structure, marriage, and various other aspects of human society customarily found in an ethnographic report of this type. Special emphasis is given, however, to decorative art, games, war and war experiences of individuals, personal supernatural powers, medicines and plants, tribal ceremonial organization, and intricate details of some of the more important Gros Ventre ceremonies (e.g., the Crazy-Dance, the Kit Fox Dance, and the Dog Dance, etc.). The author constantly employs culture element comparisons throughout the text, primarily in relationship to the Arapaho, and secondarily to other Plains tribes.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: nq13-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1901

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle; 1961: John Beierle; 2011

Coverage Date: 1800-1901

Coverage Place: Northern Plains, United States and Canada

LCSH: Gros Ventre Indians (Montana) //Gros Ventre Indians (Montana) -- Folklore //Indians of North America -- Montana -- Social life and customs


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