Aberle, David Friend, 1918-. Navaho

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Title: Navaho

Published in: Matrilineal kinship, edited by David M. Schneider and Kathleen Gough

Published By: Matrilineal kinship, edited by David M. Schneider and Kathleen Gough Berkeley: University of California Press, 1974. 96-201, 734-740 p.

By line: David F. Aberle

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Navajo (NT13)

Subjects: Public welfare (657); Community structure (621); Informal in-group justice (627); Clans (614); Kinship terminology (601); Arranging a marriage (584); Mode of marriage (583); Extended families (596); Family relationships (593); Kin relationships (602); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Termination of marriage (586); Secondary marriages (587);

Abstract: This source reviews all known data on Navajo kinship and matrilineality, based primarily upon the work of other previous ethnographers. The author discusses in detail the working of Navajo social organization, including clan (and LEC, or 'local clan elements'), community, and family units. Navajo kinship terms and their contextual uses are also discussed.

Document Number: 186

Document ID: nt13-186

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: M. A. Marcus ; 1985

Coverage Date: 1541-1957

Coverage Place: southwestern United States

LCSH: Navajo Indians


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