Oliver, Douglas L.. Human relations and language in a Papuan-speaking tribe of southern Bougainville, Solomon Islands: an essay on methodology

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Title: Human relations and language in a Papuan-speaking tribe of southern Bougainville, Solomon Islands: an essay on methodology

Published in: Studies in the anthropology of Bougainville, Solomon Islands

Published By: Studies in the anthropology of Bougainville, Solomon Islands The Museum. 1949. 38 p. ill., map

By line: By Douglas L. Oliver

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Siwai (ON19)

Subjects: Mutual aid (476); Status, role, and prestige (554); Community heads (622); Visiting and hospitality (574); Status, role, and prestige (554); Manipulative mobility (557); Downward mobility (558); Community structure (621); Inter-community relations (628);

Abstract: This study discusses the political organization of the Siwai, beginning with a semantic analysis finding three distinct meanings of the word for a Siwai big man. One is a respectful form of address for elders within one's kin group. A second refers to people who have wealth in one or all of its various forms: land, crops, pigs, shell money, and ownership of a men's house. The third and perhaps most significant meaning relates to a person's ability to initiate and organize work in preparation for "social-climbing" feasts. The second part of the document is a detailed, day-by-day account of the preparations for one such feast.

Document Number: 3

Document ID: on19-003

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Peabody Expedition to Bougainville, Solomon Islands Includes bibliographical references (p. 38)

Field Date: 1938-1939

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard; 2014

Coverage Date: 1938-1939

Coverage Place: southern Bougainville, North Solomons Province, Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Siuai (Papuan people)

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