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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
La Fontaine, J. S. (Jean Sybil), 1931-
The Gisu of Uganda
Published By: Original publisher
London: International African Institute. 1959. 68 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
J. S. La Fontaine
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2004. 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
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This work, by J. S. LaFontaine, is a brief culture summary
of Bagisu ethnography. The Bagisu are a Bantu-speaking people who live on the western
slopes of the extinct volcano Mount Elgon which lies across the Kenya-Uganda border
approximataely fifty miles north of Lake Victoria. Major topics discussed in this study
are: tribal groupings and demography, language, cultural history and traditions of origin,
physical environment, economy, social and political organization, life cycle events,
religious beliefs and rituals, the physical and mental characteristics of the people, their
dress, arts, music, dances, and games. This document serves as an excellent introduction to
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. 62-63)
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 ; 2003
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
ca. 1890s - 1954
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Bugisu District, Mount Elgon region,
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Gisu (African people)