book chapter

The Kogi: a tribe of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. Vol. 1

El Instituto4 (1-2) • Published In 1950 • Pages: HRAF MS: 342 [original: 319 ], plates

By: Reichel-Dolmatoff, Gerardo, Muirden, Sydney.

Reichel-Dolmatoff gives a rich and precise description of Kogi culture as he found it during the 1940s and as he could reconstruct it for the past from various historical evidences (archaeology, archives, tribal traditions and myths). He presents an extensive description of the economy, material culture, social organization, intellectual culture and religion. Most valuable is the discussion of the now nearly broken-down social organization which consists of sex-bound groups (túxe and dáke) with pronounced totemistic features. The author also demonstrates the great importance of religion in Kogi culture. For the second part of this monograph see 2: Reichel-Dolmatoff.
HRAF PubDate
South America
Sub Region
Northwestern South America
Document Type
book chapter
Sigrid Khera ; 1967
Coverage Date
Coverage Place
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia
Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff
Information on sex-bound groups (túxe and dáke) has been indexed for Clans (614)
Translation of: Los Kogi : Una tribu de al Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. Torno I.
The original Spanish text is not included
The bibliography is not included. Includes index
Translated for the HRAF files by Sydney Muirden.
Numerous typographical errors have produced inconsistent orthography for native terms. Underlined words are native terms. The 'Analytical index for the first part,' pp. 305-314, and the Index of Place Names are omitted in the translation. For a glossary of common terms see 2: Reichel-Dolmatoff, pp. 315-316.
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