Underhill, Ruth Murray, 1884-1984. The autobiography of a Papago woman:

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Title: The autobiography of a Papago woman:

Published By: Menasha: American Anthropological Association, 1936. ii, 64 p.

By line: by Ruth Underhill

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

Culture: O'odham (NU79)

Subjects: Life history materials (159); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Magical and mental therapy (755); Revelation and divination (787); Instigation of war (721); Aftermath of combat (727); Puberty and initiation (881); Music (533); Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: This document comprises the life history of Maria Chona, a 90-year-old Papago woman who was the author's chief informant and aide while in the field. The information in her story concerns mainly the period of 1850 to about 1900. It covers, in addition to the day-to-day life of the people, many of the culturally significant values and activities of the Papago: shamanism, the cure of the sick, song-making, and warfare. The narrative is 'an Indian story told to satisfy whites rather than Indians,' with repetition minimized and emotional responses spelled out. Accuracy and thoroughness are, however, the primary virtues of the work. References to 'wild women,' i.e. wantons, have been placed in category 836. Underhill received her graduate training at Columbia University under Franz Boas and is an acknowledge authority on the Papago.

Document Number: 3

Document ID: nu79-003

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: [Chona] Papago woman.

Field Date: 1931-1935

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1958; John Beierle; 2010

Coverage Date: 1850-1900

Coverage Place: Southwest Arizona, United States

LCSH: Tohono O'odham women


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