Abbeville, Claude d', père, d. 1632. History of the mission of the Capuchin Fathers on the Isle of Maragnan and the surrounding lands

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Title: History of the mission of the Capuchin Fathers on the Isle of Maragnan and the surrounding lands

Published By: Paris: Impr. de F. Huby, 1614. 65-329v p. [incomplete]

By line: Claude d'Abbeville

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Tupinamba (SO09)

Subjects: Diet (262); Cannibalism (266); Normal garb (291); Special garments (292); Ornament (301); Personal grooming (302); Body alterations (304);

Abstract: Claude d'Abbeville was a French missionary who went to northern Brazil in 1611 and stayed on the islands of Maranhão a few months. His description of native life is remarkably accurate and sound. He gives a good account of Tupinamba astronomy. He lists all the economic plants known to the Indians. Material culture has been well described by him and no mistakes could be found in his statements. He writes with simplicity and elegance.

Document Number: 6

Document ID: so09-006

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English translation from French

Note: This document consists of excerpts. Translation of: [Histoire de la mission des pères capucins en l'isle de Maragnan et terres circoncoisines, o· est traicté des singularitez admirables et des moeurs merveilleuses des Indièns habitans de ce pays, avec les missives et advis qui ont esté envoyez de nouveau par le r. p. Claude d'Abbeville.]. The original French text is not included. Translated for the HRAF files by Alfred Métraux prior to 1956 ; additional translation by Margaret Coughlin in 1956.

Field Date: 1611

Evaluation: Missionary-3

Analyst: Alfred Métraux ; 1971

Coverage Date: 1611

Coverage Place: Ilha de Marajo, Brazil

LCSH: Tupinamba Indians


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