Loeb, Edwin Meyer, 1894-. Pomo folkways

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Chapter I Economic Life

1. Clothing And Personal Adornment

2. Dwellings And Household Utensils

3. The Obtaining And Preparation Of Foods

4. Occupations, Manufactures, And Division Of Labor

Money Making 21

The Minor Professions

True Professions

5. Implements, Music, And Art


Bows, Spears, Slings


Fire Making And Usages

Pipes And Smoking Customs

Musical Instruments

Decoration And Art

6. Transportation And Trade

7. Property

8. Warfare

Causes For Warfare (tcumacadu, C)

Weapons And War Costume

Preliminaries Of War

The Conduct Of Warfare

Peace Treaties

Accounts Of Some Wars

9. Games And Amusements

Games Of Chance (guessing)

Games Of Chance (pure Chance)

Gambling Superstitions

Games Of Dexterity

Individual Field Sports

Children's Games And Toys

Sweat House Festivities

10. Calendar, Astronomy, And Counting



The Enumeration System

The Keeping Of Records 56

Chapter Ii Social Organization And Ceremonies

1. Political Organization


Duties Of Chiefs

Duties Of Boy Chiefs (captains)

The Election Of Big Chiefs

Succession To Office

Succession To Chieftaincy And Professions 65


2. Birth, Puberty, Marriage, And Death

Methods Of Obtaining Children




The Giving Of Names

The Meaning Of Names

The Transmission Of Names

Adoption, And The Gift Of Names

Puberty Ceremony


Ideas Of Physical Beauty


Death And Burial

3. Crimes And Punishments; Folkways

Crimes And Punishments


Chapter Iii Religion

1. Conception Of The World

2. Miscellaneous Beliefs



Sacrifice And Prayer

Name Taboos

Unclassified Beliefs

3. Doctors And Poisoners


Poisoning (k'o'o Pacil, E)

Pomo Bear Doctors (gauk Buraghal, E)

4. The Ghost Ceremony Religion

5. The Kuksu Religion

Organization And Initiations Of The Coast Kuksu Society

(a) Organization

(b) Initiations

The Organization And Initiations Of The Inland Pomo Kuksu Cult

(a) Organization

(b) Initiations

Ceremonies Of The Inland Pomo Kuksu Cult

(a) Pole Ceremony

(b) The Rattlesnake Ceremony

(c) Bear Impersonation

(d) The Bird Imitations

(e) The Thunder Ceremony

(f) The Basket Dance

(g) The Deer Claw Ceremony

(h) The Cutting Ceremony

(i) The Closing Ceremony

4. Ceremonies Of The Inland Pomo Outside Of The Kuksu Cycle

(a) Condor Dance

(b) Deer Dance

(c) Fox Dance

(d) Down Ceremony

Common Dances Of The Pomo

6. The Modern Ghost Dance Religion


I. The Ghost Ceremony

Ii. The Kuksu Ceremony

Iii. Ceremonies And Sacred Dances Outside The Cults

Iv. Impersonations Occurring In Common Dances

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

Title: Pomo folkways

Published By: Original publisher Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press. 1926. 149-404 p., plates ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Edwin M. Loeb …

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Pomo (NS18)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Normal garb (291); Dwellings (342); Real property (423); Exchange transactions (437); Occupational specialization (463); Travel (484); Gambling (525); Athletic sports (526); Arranging a marriage (584); Nuptials (585); Community heads (622); Instigation of war (721); Warfare (726); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Cult of the dead (769); Spirits and gods (776); Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This document incorporates the efforts of five graduate students who in the winter of 1921, under the direction of A. L. Kroeber, obtained from an Eastern Pomo informant much valuable information on Pomo shamanism and the Kuksu cult, material culture, calendar and counting system, sociology and economic life. This information is further supplemented by Loeb through his own fieldwork in the Pomo area, and from material obtained through the cooperation of five additional informants. In general, this source is divided into three primary chapters: Economic Life; Social Organization and Ceremonies; and Religion. Information contained within these chapters gives a general picture of Pomo life-ways, and covers such things as: clothing and adornment; dwellings; foods; occupations; transportation and trade; property; warfare; games; birth; puberty; marriage, and death; crimes and punishment; concepts of the world; doctors and poisoners, and a very complete description of various religious ceremonies, including the modern Ghost Dance.

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. ns18-003

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. 403-404) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1924-1925

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-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1960

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

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Eastern Pomo: northern California, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Pomo Indians


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