Akiga. Akiga's story: the Tiv tribe as seen by one of its members

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Title: Akiga's story: the Tiv tribe as seen by one of its members

Published By: London ; New York [etc.]: Oxford University Press, 1939. xv, 436 p.: [incomplete]

By line: edited and translated by Rupert East

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1998. Computer File

Culture: Tiv (FF57)


Abstract: This monograph, written by a member of the Tiv tribe and edited by a British education officer, was the best publication on the Tiv in the early 1950s. As one man's description of his own people, it naturally contains gaps, is somewhat lacking in organization from the Western point of view and is biased in certain of its interpretations. Akiga however presents a thorough and conscientious study of both historical and contemporary (i.e., 1916-1936) Tiv society. Akiga's coverage of social organization, history, religion and acculturation is excellent. As a native observer Akiga includeed material that would be largely inaccessible to an outsider. The manuscript was selectively translated and edited by Dr. East, a British associate of Akiga with many years of experience among the Tiv, whose interpretive comments throughout add much to a fuller understanding of the material.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: ff57-001

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Note: This document consists of excerpts. Each comment by East has been indented and preceded by 'Ed:' to distinguish it from that written by Akiga.

Field Date: 1916-1936

Evaluation: unknown

Analyst: MC ; 1950-1956

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Benue State, Nigeria

LCSH: Tiv (African people)


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