Dorsey, James Owen, 1848-1895. Omaha sociology

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Omaha Sociology.

Chapter I. Introduction.

Early Migrations Of The □;egiha Tribes

Subsequent Migrations Of The Omahas.

Present State Of The Omahas.

Chapter Ii. The State.

Differentiation Of Organs In The State.

State Classes.



Chapter Iii. The Gentile System.

Tribal Circles.

The Omaha Tribal Circle.

Rules For Pitching The Tents.

The Sacred Tents.

The Sacred Pipes

Gahige's Account Of The Tradition Of The Pipes.

A N Ba-hebe's Account Of The Tradition Of The Pipes.

Law Of Membership.

The Weji N Cte Or Elk Gens.

The Iñke-sab˘e, Or Black Shoulder Gens.

The Hañga Gens.

The □;atada Gens.

The Wasabe-hit□aj˘i Subgens.

The Wajinga □;ataj˘i Subgens

The □e-□a-it□aj˘i Subgens.

The □e-□i N , Or Turtle Subgens.

The □a N Ze Gens.

The Ma N □;iñka-gaxe Gens.

The □e-s˘inde Gens.

The □a-□a Or Deer-head Gens.

The Iñg□;e-jide Gens.

The Ictasanda Gens.

Chapter Iv. The Kinship System And Marriage Laws.

Classes Of Kinship.

Consanguineous Kinship.


Marriage Laws.

Whom A Man Or Woman Cannot Marry.

Whom A Man Or Woman Can Marry.

Importance Of The Subgentes.


Chapter V. Domestic Life.

Courtship And Marriage Customs.

Domestic Etiquette—bashfulness.



Standing Of Women In Society.


Widows And Widowers.

Rights Of Parents And Others.

Personal Habits, Politeness, Etc.

Meals, Etc.

Chapter Vi. Visiting Customs.

The Calumet Dance.

Chapter Vii. Industrial Occupations.

Hunting Customs.

Fishing Customs.

Cultivation Of The Ground.

Chapter Viii. Industrial Occupations (continued).

Food And Its Preparation.

Clothing And Its Preparation.

Chapter Ix. Protective Industries.

War Customs.

Defensive Warfare.

Offensive Warfare.

Chapter X. Amusements And Corporations.



Feasting Societies.

Dancing Societies.

Chapter Xi. Regulative Industries.

The Government.

Chapter Xii. The Law.

Personal Law.

Property Law.

Corporation Law.

Government Law.

International Law.

Military Law.

Religious Law.

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Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

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

Title: Omaha sociology

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Bureau of Ethnology, third annual report, 1881-82

Published By: Original publisher Bureau of Ethnology, third annual report, 1881-82 Washington: Government Printing Office. 1884. 205-370 p., 4 plates ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Rev. J. Owen Dorsey

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. Omaha (NQ21)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Identification (101); Traditional history (173); Linguistic identification (197); Community structure (621); Community heads (622); Dying (763); Settlement patterns (361); Sacred objects and places (778); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Clans (614); Legal norms (671); Ground combat forces (704); Priesthood (793); Status, role, and prestige (554); Local officials (624); Personal names (551); Status, role, and prestige (554); Kinship terminology (601); Artificial kin relationships (608); Sodalities (575); Dance (535);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This monograph is a general description of Omaha social organization, with sections on technology and material culture. The introductory chapter is an account of the proto-historical migrations of the Omaha and cognate tribes. Much comparative material on other Dhegiha tribes is included. This is especially so for the Ponca, since one of the author's major informants, Joseph La Flesche, was a Ponca by birth. The author originally resided among the Omaha as a missionary. He began his work there in 1871. Later, he made a study of anthropology. This source is based upon the author's reexamination of his earlier analyses of Omaha culture in the light of his anthropological studies.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 2

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. nq21-002

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 1871-1881

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, Missionary-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. William W. Stein ; 1955

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1870-1884

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Omaha Indians in USA

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Omaha Indians


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