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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Turnbull, Colin M.
The forest people
Published By: Original publisher
New York, N.Y.: Simon and Schuster. 1962. 2, 295 p. ill.,
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Colin M. Turnbull ; foreword by Harry L. Shapiro
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1995. 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
Burial practices and funerals (764);
Puberty and initiation (881);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
Colin Turnbull singles out a few events in order to present
a general picture of the Epulu net-hunting band of Mbuti Pygmies. Extensive sections
portray the band's reaction to the death of one of its members in a Congolese native
village, which included flight to a forest camp and a prolonged MOLIMO mourning ceremony.
Another large part is taken up with narrative of rites and attitudes related to
coming-of-age and marriage. The theme running throughout these activities is a preference
and reverence for forest life in contrast with the sedentary, cleared-plantation
settlements of the Congo natives.
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
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
1951, 1957, 1958
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.
Adolph Hoehling ; John Beierle
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)
Epulu Band, Ituri Forest, Democratic Republic
of the Congo
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings