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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Little, Kenneth Lindsay
The Mende of Sierra Leone
Published By: Original publisher
London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. 1951. 307 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by K. L. Little
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2010. 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
Cultural identity and pride (186);
Family relationships (593);
Gender status (562);
Regulation of marriage (582);
Infant care (854);
Spirits and gods (776);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Community structure (621);
Extended families (596);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This document is a functional treatment of the culture and
social organization of the Mende people by a British social anthropologist. The
interrelations of the kinship system, the organization of farming, the social cycle,
marriage and friendship, the position of women, the role and function of the chief,
religion and medicine, and the relation of the Mende with the Native Authority of the
British, are all carefully drawn. The role of the secret societies, and in particular the
Poro society, as the chief integrating force in native culture, is thoroughly explored. The
appendices spell out the role of Islam in Mende life; the organization of the fish industry
and its relation to the domestic trade economy; and the manufacture of the characteristic
'country cloths' of the society. Material relating to the British rule over the Mende has
been treated from the Mende point of view, although several cross-reference slips will
direct the researcher to information on the British role in Mende history.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p. 292-295)
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.
Leslie L. Clark ; 1958
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)
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Mende (African people)