Damon, Frederick H.. From Muyuw to the Trobriands: transformations along the northern side of the Kula Ring

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

Title: From Muyuw to the Trobriands: transformations along the northern side of the Kula Ring

Published By: Original publisher Tucson, Ariz.: University of Arizona Press. 1990. xvi, 286 p. ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [by] Frederick H. Damon

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2015. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Northeastern Massim (OL07)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Cultural participation (184); Vegetable production (244); Settlement patterns (361); Status, role, and prestige (554); Lineages (613); Clans (614); Cult of the dead (769); Magic (789); Ethnogeography (823); Gift giving (431); Exchange transactions (437); Fishing gear (227); Regulation of marriage (582);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This work examines the kula ring and cultural relationships in the Northern Massim region (northern maritime Milne Bay province), New Guinea—specifically on Muyuw (Woodlark) and the Trobriand islands. An attempt is made to explain these relationships "…by using the relational perspective common to structuralism and world-system theory" (p. xi). As part of the analysis, a general ethnography of the region is provided. Specific information is given for: calendric transformations and social discontinuity; native concepts of time and value; Muyuw culture history; social relations and social order on Muyuw; and a comparison of Muyuw-Trobriand political, social, and cultural forms.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

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. ol07-001

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.[265]-273) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1973-1975, 1982

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

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1914-1982

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) northern Milne Bay province, Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Massim (Papua New Guinea people)--Social life and customs/Kula exchange/Social structure--Papua New Guinea--Trobriand Islands


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