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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Parsons, Elsie Worthington Clews,
Mitla, town of the souls and other Zapoteco-speaking pueblos
of Oaxaca, Mexico
Published By: Original publisher
Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1936 [third
impression, 1970]. 19, 590 p., 51 plates
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by Elsie Clews Parsons
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2009. 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
Community structure (621);
Observation in research (123);
Comparative evidence (171);
Cultural participation (184);
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Sociocultural trends (178);
Historical reconstruction (174);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Literary texts (539);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This document is a rich description of Zapotec lifeways,
abundantly annotated with comparative material on non-Zapotec peoples. Category 171 was
used for the latter material, including information the Aztecs, which is presented more as
distributional evidence than as historical data. Category 184 was used for material on
variability among Zapotec communities. The author's thorough familiarity with her subject,
acquired in the course of three visits in 1929-1933, has permitted her to employ an
expository style which requires the particularly close attention of the researcher. Much of
the material is presented so as to form a verbal approximation of a visual image; new data
on topics which appear to have been previously covered is thus sprinkled throughout this
series of vignettes.
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 (p. 570-573)
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.
Jan Simpson ; 1979
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)
Town of Mitla, Valley Zapotec, Oaxaca,
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Zapotec Indians/Indians of Mexico--Oaxaca/San Pablo Villa de