Oberg, Kalervo, 1901-1973. The social economy of the Tlingit Indians

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Title: The social economy of the Tlingit Indians

Published By: [s.l.]: [s.n.], [n.d.]. 3, 170 leaves [HRAF MS: 3, 153 leaves]: ill.

By line: by Kalervo Oberg

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1997. Computer File

Culture: Tlingit (NA12)

Subjects: Gift giving (431); Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: This dissertation is a precise ethnographic description of Tlingit culture and society, with a focus on economics and social institutions. Specific attention is given to the potlatch. Oberg distinguishes sharply between the purely economic exchange of goods which takes place between distant groups of Tlingit as well as other tribes (Tshimshian, Haida, inland Athapaskans) and the ceremonial gift exchange in the form of the potlatch which takes place between different clan groups of a certain area. According to the author excessive amounts of goods used for exchange and destruction in potlatches were a phenomenon caused by the influx of wealth resulting from the fur trade.

Document Number: 18

Document ID: na12-018

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Chicago, 1937 Includes bibliographical references (p. 151-153) This dissertation was retyped at the Human Relations Area Files.

Field Date: 1931-1932

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Sigrid Khera ; Adolph Hoeling ; 1970-1971

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: southeastern Alaska, United States

LCSH: Tlingit Indians

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