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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
McIlwraith, T. F. (Thomas Forsyth),
The Bella Coola Indians: volume one
Published By: Original publisher
Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 1948. xxi, 763 p.,
24 plates map
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by T. F. McIlwraith
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2010. 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
Settlement patterns (361);
Spirits and gods (776);
Accumulation of wealth (556);
Community heads (622);
Literary texts (539);
Revelation and divination (787);
Development and maturation (856);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source, vol. 1 of two volumes, is a 'classic' in the
field of ethnographic writing, and was compiled by the author, a well-known ethnologist,
from extensive notes taken in the field during his two visits to the Bellacoola from March
to August 1922, and from September 1923 to February 1924. The source attempts to record as
far as possible the sum total of the Bellacoola culture complex and interwoven social life
before the complete breakdown of the society had taken place, a definite factor to be
considered in any data collected after 1924. After a short section on the location of the
Bellacoola and their natural environment, the author strikes off on rather lengthy
discussions of religion, social organization, rank (including much detailed information on
the potlatch system), and additional chapters on other aspects and features of the
potlatch, Bellacoola mythology as revealed in their origin myths, the life cycle from birth
to marriage, death, relations with the supernatural and various stories illustrating the
same, and a final chapter on medicine, magic and taboo, which includes among other things
'cures' for anything from baldness to whooping cough. This chapter also includes valuable
data on sorcery. Despite the well rounded and highly detailed presentation of Bellacoola
social organization, religion, etc., as outlined above, the source lacks information on the
material culture of the people. Appendices and an index will be found in the second volume
of this work, appearing as 2: McIlwraith in this collection.
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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.
John Beierle ; 1963: John Beierle; 2010
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)
Bella Coola Reserve, Bella Coola Valley,
British Columbia, Canada
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Bella Coola Indians