Flannery, Regina. The Gros Ventres of Montana: part 1, Social life

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Title: The Gros Ventres of Montana: part 1, Social life

Published By: Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1953. xiv, 221 p.: ill., map

By line: Regina Flannery

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

Culture: Gros Ventre (NQ13)

Subjects: History (175); External relations (648); Community structure (621); Normal garb (291); Friendships (572); Family relationships (593); Kinship (600); Conception (842); Childhood activities (857); Extramarital sex relations (837); Burial practices and funerals (764); Sex and marital offenses (684);

Abstract: This study, dealing with the social aspects of Gros Ventre ethnography, is the result of fieldwork undertaken in 1940, 1945, and 1948 at the invitation of Dr. John M. Cooper, whose work on the religious and ritualistic aspects of Gros Ventre life appears elsewhere in this file (see 3:Cooper). In general, the author attempts to reconstruct through the use of several informants, Gros Ventre social life as it existed prior to the disappearance of the buffalo herds around the year 1884. Abundant data may be found in this source on the historical background of the Gros Ventre, their tribal organization, methods and techniques of obtaining food and clothing, use of domesticated animals, transportation, economic aspects of life, war and prestige, kinship behavior, birth, infancy, childhood, marriage, and old age and death. The appendix gives a brief biography of each of the author's informants. The author is a professional anthropologist, with a special interest in North American Indian ethnography.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: nq13-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1938-1948

Evaluation: Ethnologists-5

Analyst: John Beierle; 1961: John Beierle; 2011

Coverage Date: 1835-1885

Coverage Place: Northern Plains, United States and Canada

LCSH: Gros Ventre Indians (Montana)--Social life and customs//Gros Ventre Indians (Montana)--Religion//Gros Ventre Indians (Montana)--Rites and ceremonies


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