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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
/$/International Institute of African
Languages and Cultures
Akiga's story: the Tiv tribe as seen by one of its
Published By: Original publisher
London ; New York [etc.]: Oxford University Press. 1939.
xv, 436 p. [incomplete]
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
edited and translated by Rupert East
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1998. 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
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
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: 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.
Component part(s), monograph
Language: Language that the document is written in
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: 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.
Margaret Coughlin ; 1950-1956
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)
Benue State, Nigeria
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Tiv (African people)