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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Kroeber, A. L. (Alfred Louis),
Ethnology of the Gros Ventre
Published By: Original publisher
New York: Trustees. 1908. 141-281 p., pl. VII-XIII
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
A. L. Kroeber
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2012. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Gros Ventre (NQ13)
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Community structure (621);
Decorative art (531);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Medical therapy (757);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Comparative evidence (171);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
The data for this study were collected by the author, a
distinguished American anthropologist, during one of the very early field trips made in his
professional career. The article presented here is lacking in over-all ethnographic
coverage with little if any attention being given to kinship, kin groups, food processing,
community structure, marriage, and various other aspects of human society customarily found
in an ethnographic report of this type. Special emphasis is given, however, to decorative
art, games, war and war experiences of individuals, personal supernatural powers, medicines
and plants, tribal ceremonial organization, and intricate details of some of the more
important Gros Ventre ceremonies (e.g., the Crazy-Dance, the Kit Fox Dance, and the Dog
Dance, etc.). The author constantly employs culture element comparisons throughout the
text, primarily in relationship to the Arapaho, and secondarily to other Plains
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
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.
John Beierle; 1961: John Beierle; 2011
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)
Northern Plains, United States and
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Gros Ventre Indians (Montana) //Gros Ventre Indians (Montana)
-- Folklore //Indians of North America -- Montana -- Social life and customs