Powdermaker, Hortense, 1903-1970. Vital statistics of New Ireland (Bismarck Archipelago) as revealed in genealogies

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Title: Vital statistics of New Ireland (Bismarck Archipelago) as revealed in genealogies

Published in: Human biology -- Vol. 3

Published By: Human biology -- Vol. 3 Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1931. 351-375 p.

By line: Hortense Powdermaker

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

Culture: Lesu (OM24)

Subjects: Household (592); Puberty and initiation (881); Regulation of marriage (582); Polygamy (595); Missions (797); Extramarital sex relations (837); Social placement (851); Secondary marriages (587); Pregnancy (843); Abortion and infanticide (847); Status of adolescents (882); Birth statistics (163); Composition of population (162); Morbidity (164); Mortality (165); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Functional and adaptational interpretations (182); Dwellings (342);

Abstract: This article contains demographic information concerning birth, death, disease, and population trends derived from genealogical materials collected during the author's stay in the village of Lesu, although the data also concern a few other communities. Sufficient information on a number of related aspects of the culture, such as marriage and birth customs and acculturative factors, are introduced to provide a balanced presentation of the various forces affecting population growth or decline. The author also includes a theoretical discussion of the general problem of indigenous population trends, and relates her findings to the theories discussed.

Document Number: 4

Document ID: om24-004

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: 1929-1930

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: George R. Bedell ; 1961

Coverage Date: 1920-1931

Coverage Place: Lesu, New Ireland, Papau New Guinea

LCSH: New Ireland Province (Papua New Guinea)//Ethnology--Papua New Guinea--New Ireland//Lesu, New Ireland (Papua New Guinea)


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