Underhill, Ruth Murray, 1884-1984. Social organization of the Papago Indians:

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Title: Social organization of the Papago Indians:

Published By: New York: Columbia University Press, 1939. xii, 280 p.

By line: by Ruth Murray Underhill

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

Culture: O'odham (NU79)

Subjects: History (175); External relations (648); Missions (797); Family relationships (593); Community heads (622); Comparative evidence (171); Warfare (726); Gambling (525); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Social personality (156); Household (592);

Abstract: This ethnography of the Papago deals primarily with the various aspects of social life. Kinship groupings and associated behavior are dealt with at length, as are village groupings and government. Economics is discussed with particular attention given to gift-giving as a means of exchanging property, and games and gambling are also described from this point of view. There is a great deal of information dealing with the various aspects of the life cycle, and data on ceremonialism, war, shamanism, history, acculturation, and the integration of the individual with the culture. Appendix I gives the composition of a number of family groups, showing land use and gift relationships. Appendix II consists of a point by point comparison of various elements of Papago culture with surrounding cultures. The bracketed numbers in the text refer to the informants from whom information was gathered on specific points. For a list of these informants, see pp. viii-ix.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: nu79-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Issued also in part as thesis (Ph. D.) Columbia University. 'Printed in Germany.' Sequel: Papago Indian religion.

Field Date: 1931-1935

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: James R. Leary ; 1958: John Beierle; 2010

Coverage Date: 700-1935

Coverage Place: Southern Arizona, United States

LCSH: Tohono O'Odham Indians--Social life and customs


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