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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Murdock, George Peter, 1897-1985
Rank and potlach among the Haida
Published By: Original publisher
New Haven: Human Relations Area Files Press. 1970. 20
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
George Peter Murdock
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2017. 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
Gift giving (431);
Personal names (551);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Visiting and hospitality (574);
Extended families (596);
Social control (626);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
The author discusses the Haida system of rank based on
feasting, or "potlatch-status complex." Without a potlatch given in one's honor, one
cannot acquire status. The four main types of potlatches are associated with building a
house, funerals, avenging an insult, and raising a totem pole. Also discussed are the
personal names, titles and crests associated with rank.
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
Reprint of the 1936 ed. Includes bibliographical
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.
Ian Skoggard; 2016
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)
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada;
Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, United States
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Haida Indians--Social life and customs