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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Skinner, Elliott P. (Elliott Percival),
The Mossi of the Upper Volta: the political development of a
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
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);
Sacred objects and places (778);
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.
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references(p. -227)
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 ; 1965-1968
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LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Mossi (African people)