Spier, Leslie, 1893-1961. Klamath ethnography

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I. Klamath Social Life

The Klamath And Their Territory

Tribal Relations And Population

Early Contacts With The Whites

Habitat

Settlements

Tribal Subdivisions

Warfare And Feuds

Chieftainship

Slaves, Trade, And Wealth

Marriage

Transvestites

House Groups

Birth

Names

Status And Kinship Terms

Age Classification Terms

Kinship Terms

Puberty And Menstrual Customs

Death And Mourning

Games

Smoking

Musical Instruments

Social Dances

Etiquette

Ii. Klamath Shamanism

Introduction

The Power Quest

Spirits, Souls, And Ghosts

Shamanism

The Shamanistic Performance

Weather Control And Clairvoyance

Curing

The Songs

Miscellaneous Beliefs

Iii. Economic Life And Material Culture

Division Of Labor

Food And Its Acquisition

Fishing

Hunting

Seed And Root Gathering

Canoes

Various Manufactures And Tools

Basketry Fig. 12. Mode Of Commencing Twined Basket.

Weapons

Houses And House Life

Sweat-lodges

Clothing And Adornment

Time Reckoning, Directions, And Numeration

Iv. The Klamath And Western Culture

The Place Of Klamath Culture

The Shamanistic Complex

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Spirits

Inheritance Of Spirit Power

The Power Quest

The Period Of The Quest

The Conduct Of The Quest

The Novice’s Performance

The Winter Performance

The Shaman’s Assistant

Accessory Elements

Clairvoyance

Various Beliefs

Summary

The Marriage Complex

Purchase, Rank, And Exogamy

The Amount Of The Bride Price

Marriage Visits

Family Compacts

Postnuptial Residence

Summary

Social Stratification

Basis Of Chieftainship

Chief’s Functions

Speaker

Slavery

Summary

Girls’ Puberty Rites And Women’s Observances

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Title: Klamath ethnography

Published By: Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1930. x, 338 p.: ill., maps

By line: Leslie Spier

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1998. Computer File

Culture: Klamath (NR10)

Subjects: Collecting (222); Mats and basketry (285); Normal garb (291); Boats (501); Kinship terminology (601); Shamans and psychotherapists (756);

Abstract: The first part of this monograph is a description of Klamath culture as Spier could reconstruct it from the accounts of the old people of the tribe. A great number of Klamath words are given throughout the descriptive part of the text. In the second part, Klamath culture is compared trait by trait with the surrounding cultures of the Great Basin, California and the Northwest Coast, and also with various other North American Indian groups. According to Spier, certain traits like the significance of wealth, importance of chiefs, slavery, and the dependence of social standing on the mother's bride price are not original to Klamath culture but have been accepted from the Northwest Coast and California Indian cultures not too long before the reservation period.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: nr10-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-334) and index

Field Date: 1925, 1926

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Sigrid Khera ; Sarah Bridges ; 1970-1973

Coverage Date: 1860-1900

Coverage Place: Klamath County, Oregon, United States

LCSH: Klamath Indians

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