Andersen, Raoul Randall, 1936-. An inquiry into the political and economic structures of the Alexis Band of Wood Stoney Indians, 1880-1964

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Chapter I The Problem And Approach

I. The Problem

Statement Of The Problem

Importance Of The Study

Ii. Definitions

Sociocultural System


Social Structure

Economic Structure

Political Structure

Iii. Level Of Analysis 25

Iv. Method And Data

V. Outline Of The Study

Chapter Ii Background

Cultural Position

Role Of The Buffalo In Pre-reserve Alexis Stoney Economy

Role Of The Horse In Pre-reserve Alexis Economy

Geographical Environment

Pre-reserve Environment

Reserve Geographical Environment


The Reservation Period

Alexis Band Population Data


Chapter Iii The Structure Of Alexis Stoney Society

The Household

The Camp

The Band



Western Society

Western Settlers And Settlements

The Government

Formal Education

The Missionary Influence



Chapter Iv Changes In Alexis Stoney Political Structure

The Pre-reserve Period

Government Trusteeship, 1877–1957

Elected Leadership And Enlarged Band Council Authority, 1958–1964


Chapter V Changes In Alexis Stoney Economic Structure

Pre-reserve Period

Agricultural Period I, 1881–1901

Non-agricultural Interlude, 1902–1912

Agricultural Period Ii, 1913–1934

Increased Economic Alternatives And Dependency, 1935–1964


Chapter Vi Summary And Conclusions

Cultural Position Of The Alexis Stoney

Relationship Between Alexis Stoney Political And Economic Structures

Changes In Political Structure In 1877

Changes In Economic Structure In 1881

Changes In Economic Structure In 1902

Changes In Economic Structure In 1913

Changes In Economic Structure In 1935

Changes In Political Structure In 1958

General Implications

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: An inquiry into the political and economic structures of the Alexis Band of Wood Stoney Indians, 1880-1964

Published By: Original publisher Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms Inc.. 1968 [2000 copy]. viii, 270 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Raoul Randall Andersen

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Stoney (NF12)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Food quest (220); Animal husbandry (230); Agriculture (240); Production and supply (433); Ethnic stratification (563); Public welfare (657); Community heads (622); Community councils (623);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a dissertation on the Alexis Band of the Stoney Indians in Alberta, based on fieldwork carried out over three summers, 1964-1966. Andersen discusses and compares the political, social, and economic structure of the Alexis society in the Pre-Reserve period prior to 1877, the period of Government Trusteeship (1877-1957), and the more recent period of Band Council Leadership. Leadership gradually changed hands from the elder camp leaders to young bilingual members of the Band Council. Also the key social unit changed from a camp group to nuclear family. In the middle period, the government failed in their attempt to change the Alexis subsistence base from hunter-gatherers to farmers and ranchers. Education, medical care, and wage labor have favored a more settled existence, especially among the young and old. Andersen also discusses the Alexis relations with the surrounding white communities.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 2

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. nf12-002

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: UM 68-12,480 Thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Missouri, Columbia, 1968 Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-269)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1964-1966

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 Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1778-1964

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Alberta, Canada

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Assiniboine Indians


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