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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Fortune, Reo, 1903-1979
Omaha secret societies
Published By: Original publisher
New York: Columbia University Press. 1932. ii, 193 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by R. F. Fortune
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
General character of religion (771);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Magicians and diviners (791);
Community heads (622);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Revelation and divination (787);
Shamans and psychotherapists (756);
Avoidance and taboo (784);
Theory of disease (753);
Spirits and gods (776);
Alcoholic beverages (273);
Religious experience (781);
Community heads (622);
Local officials (624);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Gift giving (431);
Kin relationships (602);
Social relationships and groups (571);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source is a discussion of Omaha religion with emphasis
on the organization and practices of Omaha secret societies. The Omaha vision experience is
treated in detail. The author's main purpose is to uncover material which is missing or
misunderstood in earlier sources on the Omaha. In doing this, he shows the integration of
the counter-principles of the hereditary transmission of privilege vs. the achievement of
privilege. The author reproduces some material from the early sources along with his
comments. Where the original passages are too long he cites page numbers for reference. As
a final chapter a collection of folktales related to aspects of the secret societies is
presented. The author spent three months among the Omaha.
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.
W. W. Stein ; 1956
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)
Omaha Indians in USA
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Omaha Indians//Indians of North America--Secret