Aginsky, B. W.. Population control in the Shanel (Pomo) Tribe

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Title: Population control in the Shanel (Pomo) Tribe

Published in: American sociological review -- Vol. 4, no. 2

Published By: American sociological review -- Vol. 4, no. 2 Albany, N.Y. [etc.]: American Sociological Association [etc.], 1939. 209-216 p.

By line: Burt W. Aginsky

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Pomo (NS18)

Subjects: Functional and adaptational interpretations (182); Diet (262); General character of religion (771); Magic (789); Conception (842); Abortion and infanticide (847);

Abstract: The material in this source, written by B. W. Aginsky, a professional anthropologist then at New York University, is devoted almost in its entirety to Hopland Valley Pomo beliefs about conception and techniques of birth control of both a magical and mechanical nature. Information is also given regarding abortion and infanticide. The author attempts to show how the scarcity of food among the Pomo in the early days of their history led to a development of various techniques of birth control in order to keep the population reduced to such a degree that there would be adequate food for all. This in turn, according to Aginsky, influenced to some degree Pomo religious beliefs and practices.

Document Number: 10

Document ID: ns18-010

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: 1934-1936

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1960

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Hopland Valley Pomo (Shanel), California, United States

LCSH: Pomo Indians


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