Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall, 1931-. The harmless people

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The harmless people

Published By: Original publisher New York: Knopf. 1959. xiii, 267 p. ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. San (FX10)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Observation in research (123); Fauna (136); Flora (137); Life history materials (159); Collecting (222); Hunting and trapping (224); Water and thirst (271); Music (533); Dance (535); Literary texts (539); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Family relationships (593); Behavior toward non-relatives (609); External relations (648); Disasters (731);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This source is a popular account of an expedition to the Kalahari Desert in 1955. It concentrates on the life of two groups of San, the Gikwe and the Kung. The author gives a general description of the culture of these slightly differing groups, the Gikwe living in a more arid environment than the Kung, concentrating on the food quest which is the main interest of these marginal people. The book concentrates on the personal relationships between the author and the various members of the families and bands, singling out individuals for fairly detailed description. In this way, the reader gets a good idea of the normal daily round of the people, although little detail is given about various aspects of the culture, particularly in the areas of social organization and material culture. For such detailed studies, the researcher should see other sources in this file, such as 1: Marshall and 5: Marshall.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 9

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. fx10-009

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1951-1955

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 Traveler-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1961

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ca. 1950s

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Namibia, Botswana

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings San (African people)


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