Waterman, T. T. (Thomas Talbot), b. 1885. Yurok marriages

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Title: Yurok marriages

Published By: Berkeley: University Press, 1934. 1-14 p.

By line: by T. T. Waterman and A. L. Kroeber

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

Culture: Yurok (NS31)

Subjects: Regulation of marriage (582); Residence (591); Termination of marriage (586); Status, role, and prestige (554); Classes (565); Sex and marital offenses (684); Medical personnel (759); Classes (565); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Ethos (181); Mythology (773);

Abstract: This study is an analysis of genealogical data concerning marriages collected by Waterman in 1909 while doing ethnogeographical work among the Yurok. Two types of marriage were found, 'full' and 'half', with the latter being much less esteemed. The designations refer to the amount of the brideprice paid by the groom. 'Half-marriage' is of interest as an essentially matrilineal institution in a society committed to patrilinear descent and control. No change in frequency of types of marriage was found between 1800 and 1900. In their marriage choice, the Yurok were mainly influenced by proximity of potential spouses, with alien speech being only a slight bar to marriage. The Yurok have no clan organization, incipient or otherwise. Both Kroeber and Waterman were professors at the University of California at the time of publication.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: ns31-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1909

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1958

Coverage Date: 1900-1934

Coverage Place: Yurok Indians, USA

LCSH: Yurok Indians


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