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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Denig, Edwin Thompson, 1812-1862?
Hewitt, J. N. B. (John Napoleon Brinton),
Indian tribes of the upper Missouri
Published By: Original publisher
Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office. 1930. 377-628
p. ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by Edwin Thompson Denig., with notes and biographical sketch
by J.N.B. Hewitt
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2002. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
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Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This monograph presents a general ethnography of
traditional Assiniboine society as it existed in the mid 1850s. The author lived with the
Indians for an entire year, (probably around 1854), gathering information and confirming
the data obtained from his informants. A wide range of subject coverage is presented in
this work, but some of the major topics discussed are: history, geography, fauna,
pictographs, astronomy, medicine, social and political organization, warfare, property,
religion, courtship and marriage, hunting, dancing and amusements, and games and gambling.
Denig notes that much of the ethnographic data on the Assiniboine contained herein also
applies to the Sioux, Arikara, Mandan, Gros Ventres, Cree, and Blackfoot. These groups are
designated by the author as 'prairie roving or wild tribes', reflecting the general
attitude of his day regarding native American populations.
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From the manuscript of an undated report made,
probably, about 1854: it 'concerned the native tribes of the upper Missouri river, to wit,
the Arikara, the Mandan, the Sioux, the Gros Ventres, the Cree, the Crows, the Assiniboin,
and the Blackfeet … although the Assiniboin seem to have been the chief subjects of his
observations.' cf. p. 377, 379 Includes bibliographical references (p. 627-628)
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 ; 2001
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
late eighteenth- mid nineteenth
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Upper Missouri River area, United
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