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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Nadel, S. F. (Siegfried Frederick),
Lugard, Frederick John Dealtry, Baron,
A black Byzantium: the kingdom of Nupe in Nigeria
Published By: Original publisher
London, New York [etc.]: Pub. for the International
Institute of African languages & cultures by the Oxford university press. 1942. xvi,
420 p., 16 plates ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by S. F. Nadel, with a foreword by Right Hon. Lord
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2014. 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
Community councils (623);
Community structure (621);
Tribe and nation (619);
Settlement patterns (361);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Real property (423);
Labor and leisure (461);
Mutual aid (476);
Smiths and their crafts (326);
Labor organization (467);
Accumulation of wealth (556);
Standard of living (511);
Age stratification (561);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This volume is one of the major sources on Nupe culture. It
is focused on political and economic organization, revealing in particular the reciprocal
relations between these and the religious and legal systems. The political organization is
described in terms of the contemporary relations between the quasi-feudal state and the
various ethnic groups and economic classes in the total community. Particular attention is
paid to urban-rural relationships and differences. Political organization is also explained
historically as the outcome of earlier tribal structures, the Fulani conquest, and new
economic and political forces under British rule. In the discussion of economic
organization, Nadel introduces records of actual time and labor involved in production,
detailed descriptions of selling methods, and the amount of profit and how it is spent. An
important chapter discusses the interrelationships of standards of living, cultural
requirements, wealth, status and prestige. While this is a very complete monograph insofar
as sociopolitical and economic organization are concerned, data on human biology, material
culture, language and warfare are largely absent. A discussion of religion was reserved for
a later volume.
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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.
Timothy J. O'Leary ; 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)
Bida Emirate, Niger state, Nigeria
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Nupe (African people)//Nigeria --Civilization