Skinner, Elliott P. (Elliott Percival), 1924-2007. The Mossi of the Upper Volta: the political development of a Sudanese people

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

Title: The Mossi of the Upper Volta: the political development of a Sudanese people

Published By: Original publisher Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. 1964. xiv, 236 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Elliott Percival Skinner

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Mossi (FA28)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF History (175); Chief executive (643); Territorial hierarchy (631); Form and rules of government (642); Traditional history (173); External relations (648); Ethnic stratification (563); Status, role, and prestige (554); Territorial hierarchy (631); Lineages (613); Sacred objects and places (778); Family (590); Marriage (580); Community structure (621);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This document presents an intensive study of the political development of the Mossi people, a Sudanese negroid group occupying the Republic of the Upper Volta, West Africa. The author gathered his data in the Upper Volta Republic between November 1955 and January 1957, a period during which many important political changes were taking place in this region, and most of the field work was done in the territory formerly included in the kingdom of Ouagadougou, although short visits were also made to the Yatenga, Tenkodogo, and Boussouma regions. The field work was further supplemented by data gathered from various government documents and ethnographies on the Mossi. Particular emphasis in this source is on the Mogho Naba (the supreme chief or emperor of the Mossi), his household, ministers, and various territorial chiefs (e.g., provincial, district and village chiefs), and the various levels of interaction between them. Additional information may also be found on law and judicial procedures, economic foundations, and religion and government. The last three chapters of this work present a culture history of Mossi-European relations, and the resulting changes taking place in Mossi political structure as the result of the European conquest of these people. For lack of available information on the 'Ninisi,' an aboriginal people living in the Upper Volta area prior to the coming of the Mossi, information on this group has been subsumed under Mossi (FA28). Footnotes are on pp. 205-219.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 11

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. fa28-011

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: Includes bibliographical references(p. [225]-227)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1955-1957

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. John Beierle ; 1965-1968

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1481-1957

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Mossi (African people)

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