Aberle, David Friend, 1918-. Peyote religion among the Navajo

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

Title: Peyote religion among the Navajo

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Handbook of North American Indians. Southwest. Vol. 10, edited by Alfonso Ortiz

Published By: Original publisher Handbook of North American Indians. Southwest. Vol. 10, edited by Alfonso Ortiz Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O.. 1983. 558-569 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication David F. Aberle

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Navajo (NT13)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Organized ceremonial (796); Congregations (794); Religious denominations (795); Acculturation and culture contact (177);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This article focuses on the growth of the Native American Church among the Navajo. Three fundamental issues are addressed: the spread of Peyotism from other tribes through the Navajo population, possible reasons for its success, and its role as a source of conflict within Navajo society and with state governments and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The author concludes that Peyotism was a response to political and economic subjugation exacerbated by government efforts in the 1930s to reduce sheep herds. Further, despite its previous importance as a divisive element in Navajo society, the Native American Church has grown to function as a cohesive force for community integration and cultural conservatism.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 202

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. nt13-202

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: For bibliographical references see 197: Brugge (p. 780-839)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

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-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Richard A. Wagner ; John Beierle ; 1985

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1880-1974

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Navajo Indians

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