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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Speck, Frank G. (Frank Gouldsmith),
Naskapi, the savage hunters of the Labrador peninsula
Published By: Original publisher
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. 1935. 248 p., 19
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Frank Gouldsmith Speck
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2009. 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
Hunting and trapping (224);
Settlement patterns (361);
Cultural participation (184);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Revelation and divination (787);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This document is a description of the culture of the
Naskapi, one of the main divisions of the Montagnais, who inhabit the northern, eastern and
southeastern portions of the Labrador Peninsula. The main concentration is upon Naskapi
religion which is noted for its preoccupation with the chase and for its lack of ceremonial
aspects. Other facets of culture are treated as they come up in the description of the
religion. Included are chapters on divination, magical practices, medicinal practices and
hunting charms, animals in relation to man, and concepts of the soul, mythology and the
universe. The document is very poor in descriptions of material culture, economics and
social organization. Bibliographic references are found in footnotes to each page. A
glossary and an index are included. Leacock (1954):(HRAF document 1) disagrees with Speck's
findings in several instances. Speck was at the University of Pennsylvania at the time of
the writing of the book.
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.
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references
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.
Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1958
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)
Labrador Peninsula (Quebec, and Newfoundland
and Labrador provinces), Canada
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings