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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Childs, Gladwyn Murray, 1896-1975
Umbundu kinship & character: being a description of social
structure and individual development of the Ovimbundu of Angola, with observations
concerning the bearing on the enterprise of Christian missions of certain phases of the
life and culture described
Published By: Original publisher
London ; New York: Published for the International African
Institute by the Oxford University Press. 1949. xviii, 245 p. ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Gladwyn Murray Childs
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2002. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Settlement patterns (361);
External trade (439);
Kinship terminology (601);
Kin relationships (602);
Community structure (621);
External relations (648);
Infancy and childhood (850);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This volume, as stated in the subtitle, is a 'description
of the social structure and individual development of the Ovimbundu of Angola, with
observations concerning the bearing on the enterprise of Christian missions of certain
phases of the life and culture described.' It contains ample sections on the identification
of the Ovimbundu and their neighbors, their territorial hierarchy and spatial distribution.
Particularly useful is the synchronous historical and traditional chart of the Ovimbundu
from the time of earliest Portuguese contact until the present (pp. 224-231). The emphasis
in the treatment of social structure is upon child training and education and kinship,
especially insofar as they may be adapted to future missionary policy. Technology and
economics are only briefly discussed. Detailed bibliographies are appended after each
chapter. The measure of the author's objectivity may be tested by consulting McCulloch's
critical summary (2: McCulloch).
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Richard Schaedel ; 1955
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Ngendo, Cuanza Sul, Angola
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Mbundu (African people)