Book

Under Mount Saint Elias: the history and culture of the Yakutat Tlingit

Smithsonian Institution Press; [for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off.]7 • Published In 1972 • Pages: 3 v. [i-xxiv, 1-548 ; xxix-xli, 549-914 ; xlvii-xlix, 915-1395 ], plates

By: De Laguna, Frederica.

Abstract
This is an exhaustive ethnographic description of the Tlingit of Yakutat Bay in southeastern Alaska. Topics covered include: the natural environment; their history from 1741 onward; their traditional history; houses and settlements; travel and trade; subsistence; material culture; social structure; the life cycle; ritual and rites of passage; recreation and art; the potlatch; shamanism and witchcraft; and religion and cosmology. Also included are extensive texts, in English, of Yakutat Tlingit myths and folklore. Volume 3 contains musical scores of several traditional songs. Illustrations, maps and a photographic appendix are also included. This work is almost entirely descriptive; except for the formal organization of the chapters, De Laguna has not made any attempt at analysis or interpretation. Coverage of the topics is comprehensive and thorough, and is based on empirical data.
Subjects
History
Acculturation and culture contact
Marine hunting
Animal by-products
Dwellings
Settlement patterns
General tools
Boats
Literary texts
Clans
External relations
Warfare
culture
Tlingit
HRAF PubDate
1997
Region
North America
Sub Region
Northwest Coast and California
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Ethnologist-4,5
Analyst
Christopher Latham ; 1989
Coverage Date
1741-1972
Coverage Place
Yakutat Bay, southeastern Alaska, United States
Notes
Frederica de Laguna
All texts (referred to in abstract) have been indexed for Literary Texts (539). Information on the potlatch is generally indexed for both Gift Giving (431) and Accumulation of Wealth (556).
'Recordings of Yakutat songs, with transactions of the music by David P. McAllester': v. 3, p. 1149-1373
Includes bibliographical references (v. 2, p. 904-913)
LCCN
77185631
LCSH
Tlingit Indians