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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Damon, Frederick H.
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);
Cult of the dead (769);
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
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.-273) and
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.
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)
northern Milne Bay province, Papua New
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Massim (Papua New Guinea people)--Social life and customs/Kula
exchange/Social structure--Papua New Guinea--Trobriand Islands