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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Baba of Karo, 1877-1951
Smith, Mary Felice, 1924-
Baba of Karo, a woman of the Muslim Hausa
Published By: Original publisher
London: Farber and Farber. 1954. 300 p., plate ill.,
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by M. F. Smith ; with an introduction and notes by M. G.
Smith, Ph.D. ; preface by Daryll Forde
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1997. 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
Life history materials (159);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is an autobiography of a Hausa woman whose story
begins at about the time of the British occupation of northern Nigeria at the end of the
ninteenth century and continues to 1950. It was recorded in Hausa by Mary F. Smith during
an eighteen month field study of a series of Hausa villages by Smith and her husband. In
the form of personal recollections of conditions and events through the half-century,
Baba's account is concerned primarily with domestic affairs; it also treats women's role in
economic activities, religious rites of the BORI or pagan spirit cults, and cultural
attitudes toward numerous changes made in the period. As it is related by a woman to a
woman ethnologist, it presents much material which would otherwise be unavailable in a
society practicing wife seclusion. The introduction gives a culture summary of the Hausa as
a background for the autobiography.
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
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.
George R. Bedell ; 1959
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
Hausa (African people)