Denys, Nicolas, 1609?-1686?. Description and natural history of the coasts of North America (Acadia)

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

Title: Description and natural history of the coasts of North America (Acadia)

Published By: Original publisher Toronto: The Champlain Society. 1908. xvi, 625 p. [incomplete]

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Nicolas Denys ; translated and edited by William F. Ganong

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Mi'kmaq (NJ05)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Hunting and trapping (224); Fishing (226); Burial practices and funerals (764); Food preparation (252); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Dwellings (342); Nuptials (585); Normal garb (291); Medical therapy (757); Shipbuilding (396); Domesticated animals (231); Alcoholism and drug addiction (733); Sociocultural trends (178);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This source, dealing with the customs of the Indians of Acadia (Micmac), was written during the latter half of the 17th Century while the author served as Governor and Lieutenant-General to the King of France, in the land then known as Acadia or New France. The writer has attempted to present in this source an orderly and complete treatment of the ethnography of the Micmacs with whom he had considerable contact during the years he lived in New France. Although the final result of his efforts may fall short of the more 'polished' works of Le Clercq and Lescarbot, it does make amends for this by giving in more minute detail accounts of the daily activities of the Indians. Data presented in this source pertain to: foods and food preparation, woodworking, infant and child care, division of labor by sex, dwellings, hunting, fowling, fishing and related activities, marriage customs, work in skins, clothing, ornaments, recreation, use and construction of pipes, funeral practices, and cultural changes brought about in ancient customs as a result of contact with Europeans.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 3

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. nj05-003

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Component part(s), monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references Only pages 399-452 and the map following page 240 of the original text have been processed for the files

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1633-1671

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 Government Official-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1961: John Beierle; 2009

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1633-1671

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Micmac Indians


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