Chamberlain, Alexander Francis, 1865-1914. Report on the Kootenay Indians of south-eastern British Columbia

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Report On The Kootenay Indians Of South-eastern British Columbia.


I. Ethnographical.

Country And People.

Ethnic Names.

Senses And Mental Character.

Colour Vocabulary.

Social Organisation.

Terms Of Relationship.

Marriage ( Hōnā′tlātli′tinē , I Am Married).

Children ( Tlkā′mū , Young Child).


Property And Inheritance.


Religion And Superstition.

Medicine-men, Or Shamans.

Death And Burial.

Painting And Tattooing.

Music And Song ( Hō′nāwasqō′'mek , I Sing).



Iii. Medicine Song.

Iv. Medicine Song.

V. Gambling Song.

Vi. War Song.

Vii. Children's Song.

Hunting ( Hō′nānā′qē , I Hunt).

Fishing ( Nātlūlauwa′tē , He Fishes).




Implements, &c.


Dress ( Ā′qkōktlā′ntēs , His Clothes).

Hair-dressing ( Hōtcū′ktlāmā′mēk , I Comb My Hair).

Ornaments And Charms.

Tobacco, Pipes.

Food ( Kikētl ).

Food Plants.

Plants Used Economically.

Plants Admired For Their Smell Or Beauty.

Medicinal Plants.

Disease ( Sā′nitlqō′nē , He Is Sick).

Illustrations Of Articles Of Kootenay Manufacture.

Ii. Mythology And Folklore.

Animal Tales.






Sign Language.

Iii. Physical Characteristics.

Iv. Linguistics.



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Noun. Gender.

Noun. Declension.

Uninflected Form .


Noun And Verb.

Differences Of Form In Nouns When Used Independently, And When In Composition.

Onomatology And Sematology.

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Reduplication And Onomatopœia.

Personal Names.


Seasons, Months, &c.



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Numeral Adverbs.

Distributive Numerals.

Partitive Numerals.

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Personal Pronouns.


Iterative Adverb.




Verbs. The Verb ‘to Be.’

The Verb ‘to Have.’

Past Tense.

Future Tense.




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Incorporation Of Object.


Other Moods.

Examples Of Verb-composition.


The Prefix Āq-.


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Suffix -mōtl .

Dialectic Differences.

Kootenay Jargon.


Punning And Word-distortion.

Borrowed Words.

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Report on the Kootenay Indians of south-eastern British Columbia

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Report of the sixty-second meeting of the British association for the advancement of science held at Edinburgh in August 1892

Published By: Original publisher Report of the sixty-second meeting of the British association for the advancement of science held at Edinburgh in August 1892 London: Office of the British Association. 1893. 545-615 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By Dr. A.F. Chamberlain

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2018. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Kutenai (NF08)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Identification (101); Fauna (136); Flora (137); Descriptive somatology (142); Drives and emotions (152); Population (161); Morbidity (164); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Fishing (226); Diet (262); Personal grooming (302); Weapons (411); Property in movables (422); Inheritance (428); Boats (501); Music (533); Arranging a marriage (584); Community heads (622); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Burial practices and funerals (764); Mythology (773); Spirits and gods (776); Ethnophysics (822); Childbirth (844);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This report on Kutenai culture features brief descriptions of a broad range of topics, including: temperament, artistic ability, color vocabulary, social organization, marriage, childrearing, property and inheritance, crime, religion, medicine, funerals, tattooing, music and songs, hunting and fishing, boats, houses, dress, food, and disease. The most thorough discussions are on language, including grammar and vocabulary. In the scientific fashion of the time, there are anthropometric measurements listed for several dozen individuals.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 8

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. nf08-008

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1891

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 Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard; 2017

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1880-1892

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) southeastern British Columbia, Canada

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Kootenai Indians


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