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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Alvarsson, Jan-åke, 1952-
The Mataco of the Gran Chaco: an ethnographic account of
change and continuity in Mataco socio-economic organization
Published By: Original publisher
Uppsala, Sweden ; Stockholm, Sweden: Academiae Upsaliensis
; Distributed by Almqvist &Wiskell International. 1988. XVI, 314 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by Jan-åke Alvarsson
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1997. 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
Food quest (220);
Division of labor by gender (462);
Community structure (621);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This dissertation gives a detailed, diachronic description
of the social, political, legal and economic organization of the Mataco - hunters and
gatherers of the tropical dry forest of the Bolivian Gran Chaco. The account starts with a
critical review of the main ethnographic sources on the Chaco peoples and, after sections
on the enviornment and the local history, it presents an attempt to reconstruct the
socio-economic organization of the Mataco before the colonization of the area, i.e. before
the turn of the century. In addition, on the basis of Alvarsson's field notes from five
years among the Mataco, new ethnographic data is included. The data demonstrate that, in
spite of evident social change, and in contrast to other Indian peoples of the region, the
Mataco have refused to be incorporated into the national society.
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Revision of the author's dissertation Includes
bibliographical references (p. 302-310) and index
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.
John Beierle ; 1995
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)
Gran Chaco region, Bolivia, Argentina
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings