Taylor, Robert Bartley, 1926-. Teotilan del Valle: a typical Mesoamerican community

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

Title: Teotilan del Valle: a typical Mesoamerican community

Published By: Original publisher Ann Arbor: University Microfilms. 1960 [1979 copy]. 7, 6, 334 l. ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Robert Bartley Taylor, Jr.

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. Zapotec (NU44)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Towns (632); Organized ceremonial (796); Rest days and holidays (527); Sickness (750); Cereal agriculture (243); Normal garb (291); Woven and other interworked fabrics (286); Dwellings (342); Food preparation (252); Diet (262);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This dissertation presents an intensive in-depth study of the ethnography of the Valley Zapotec town of Teotitlan del Valle. The stated purpose for collecting this ethnographic material on Toetitlan was '...to provide a basis for more specialized studies in that community over a period of years, particularly studies of change' (p. ii). Tied in with this general purpose is the question of whether or not the data gathered at Teotitlan is 'typical' of the Mesoamerican area as a whole, particularly with reference to such community studies as Ruth Bunzel's on Chichicastenango, Robert Redfield's on Chan Kom, Elsie Clews Parsons' on Mitla, Oscar Lewis' on Tepoztlan and Ralph Beals' on Cheran. After a detailed presentation of the data, which makes up the bulk of the document, the author compares 226 cultural traits which he calls 'typical characteristics' in terms of their presence or absence in the communities listed above. In his fianl tabulation of these comparisons the author found that Teotitlan exhibited '...184 or 81 per cent of the total number of characteristics as compiled from Redfield and Tax's paper. This high proportion indicates that the assumption that Teotitlan is a typical Mesoamerican community is correct' (p. 332). The cultural data presented in the document are generally well organized and highly detailed in nature, but do lack coverage of kinship relations and social structure.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 11

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. nu44-011

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: UM60-05406 Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Oregon, 1960 Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-334)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1956-1957

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-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1979

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1956-1959

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Town of Teotitlan del Valle, Vallley Zapotec, Oaxaca, Mexico

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Zapotec Indians


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