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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Westerman, Diedrich H.
The Kpelle: a negro tribe in Liberia
Published By: Original publisher
Gö ttingen ; Leipsig: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht ; J. C.
Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. 1921. HRAF ms: 13, 626, 4 l. [Original: 16, 552 p.]
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Diedrich H. Westerman
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
Cereal agriculture (243);
Division of labor by gender (462);
Food preparation (252);
Weights and measures (804);
Government regulation (656);
Arranging a marriage (584);
Judicial authority (692);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
Although based on only four month's field work in Liberia
-- Sept. 26, 1914 to January 1915 (p. i) - this document presents a sufficient amount of
well-rounded ethnographic information on the Liberian Kpelle, primarily along the St. Paul
River, to make it one of the primary documents in this file. Data for this study were
obtained not only from the author's own observations, but also from information provided by
a number of native informants (see pp. 1-3). These data were further supplemented by other
secondary source materials on the Kpelle. The first three sections of this source provide
background information on the Kpelle - geography, physical appearance, general
characteristics and outside influences on the culture - followed by major sections dealing
with the economy, family and society, language, native concepts of the world (including
much information on religion and the various secret societies), and a large section on
folktales, of both Kpelle and Mende origin (the latter subheaded to appear in the FC07
Mende collection). In the final sections of the source a brief biographical sketch is
presented of one of the author's key informants - William Kwei Pedersen - a Mende by birth,
but Kpelle by assimilation, followed by some brief ethnographic contributions (mostly in
terms of folktales) by the missionary H. Rohde. The Gola texts of folktales presented in
the original German have not been translated.
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
English translation from German
Translation of: [Die Kpelle; ein Negerstamm in Liberia
dargestellt auf der Grundlage von Eingeborenen-Berichte] Includes bibliographical
references (p. 622-626) Translated for the HRAF files by Frieda Sch ü tze
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
1914-1915 (4 months)
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 ; 1986
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
Kpelle (African people)