Ruby, Robert H.. The Chinook Indians: traders of the Lower Columbia River

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

Title: The Chinook Indians: traders of the Lower Columbia River

Published By: Original publisher Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. 1976. xvi, 349 p., plates ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Robert H. Ruby and John A. Brown

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Chinookans of the Lower Columbia River (NR06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Morbidity (164); Mortality (165); History (175); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Body alterations (304); External trade (439); Retail marketing (443); Slavery (567); Community heads (622); External relations (648); Public welfare (657); Missions (797);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a detailed culture history of the lower Chinookan peoples, particularly of the Chinooks proper and the closely related Clatsops, living near the mouth of the Columbia River in the states of Washington and Oregon. Although the general range of coverage in this work runs from the fifth century A.D. to the mid twentieth century, most of the data in this document is time specific to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The major ethnographic emphasis in this study is on European/American-Chinookan trade relations, especially in regard to the fur trade and the long term effects it had on Indian society. Interspersed throughout the text are brief commentaries on such topics as political organization, sickness, slavery, settlements, hunting and fishing activities, burial customs, etc.

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. nr06-002

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-336)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

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 Historian-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2002

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1702-1900 centuries

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Lower Chinook region, southern Washington and northern Oregon, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Chinook Indians


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