Gabb, William M.. On the Indian tribes and languages of Costa Rica

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Title: On the Indian tribes and languages of Costa Rica

Published in: Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society -- Vol. 14

Published By: Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society -- Vol. 14 Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1876. 483-602 p.

By line: Wm. M. Gabb

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

Culture: Talamancans (SA19)

Subjects: Traditional history (173); Community heads (622); Population (161); Burial practices and funerals (764); Special burial practices and funerals (766); Spirits and gods (776); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Diet (262); Vocabulary (192); Grammar (193); Semantics (196); Linguistic identification (197);

Abstract: This article is a basic work on the Talamancan tribes of Costa Rica. For most of the narrative portion of the work, the cultures of the Bribri (given particular focus), Cabecar and Terraba (Tiribi) are treated as one, with relatively scant mention of the Boruca (Brunka). Although of modest length, and over half of it vocabulary and grammar, the paper contains a substantial amount of information on various phases of native life. The author presents data on social and political organization, the life cycle, economic life and diet, physical anthropology, material culture, and religion.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: sa19-001

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Read before the American Philosophical Society, Aug. 20, 1875.

Field Date: 1873-1874

Evaluation: Natural Scientist-5

Analyst: James R. Leary ; 1961

Coverage Date: 1873-1874

Coverage Place: southern Costa Rica

LCSH: Talamanca Indians


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