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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Piegan: a look from within at the life, times, and legacy of
an American Indian tribe
Published By: Original publisher
Garden City, N. Y.: Doubleday. 1966. 359 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1999. 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
Practical preparations in conducting fieldwork (122);
Community heads (622);
Literary texts (539);
Instigation of war (721);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
During the year 1958 and again in 1962 the author, a
linguist by training, lived among the contemporary Blackfoot on the Blackfoot Indian
Reservation, Montana. While there he was adopted as a son by Chief White Calf, a 105 year
old Blackfoot leader, who subsequently became Lancaster's primary informant for the bulk of
the information contained in this source. This work is basically a memory ethnography with
particular emphasis on the chief's personal experiences on the warpath, his role in
representing his people in relations with the U.S. government, and in general his
reminiscences of how things were done in the past. Much of the historical information
presented by the chief was later verified by the author. Although a good deal of the source
deals with Lancaster's personal experiences of living on the reservation and his personal
relationships with the Chief and his adopted brother Jim (who also has furnished some bits
of ethnographic information), the true importance of this work seems to lie in that it
represents an eye-witness account of living history as it was actually experienced and
remembered by a Southern Piegan Indian.
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.
John Beierle ; 1983
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)
Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Montana, United
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings