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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Powdermaker, Hortense, 1903-1970
Life in Lesu: the study of a Melanesian Society in New
Published By: Original publisher
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.. 1933. 352 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Hortense Powdermaker. Foreword by Dr. Clark Wissler
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2012. 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
Functional and adaptational interpretations (182);
Settlement patterns (361);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Medium of exchange (436);
Exchange transactions (437);
Daily routine (512);
Highways and bridges (491);
Division of labor by gender (462);
Domesticated animals (231);
Rule of descent (611);
Kin relationships (602);
Regulation of marriage (582);
Ingroup antagonisms (578);
Local officials (624);
External relations (648);
Techniques of socialization (861);
Childhood activities (857);
General sex restrictions (834);
Puberty and initiation (881);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Vegetable production (244);
Sexual stimulation (832);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source is a basic ethnographic study of the village of
Lesu on the island of New Ireland. The emphasis in the study is on social organization and
non-material culture. Included are discussions of social organization, infancy, childhood,
initiation rites, marriage, work, sexual life, knowledge, magic and religion, and the
individual and society. Additional information on magic not included in the text, a table
of intermarriages between clans, and a glossary are given in appendices.
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
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.
Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1961
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)
Lesu, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
New Ireland Province (Papua New Guinea)//Ethnology--Papua New
Guinea--New Ireland//Lesu, New Ireland (Papua New Guinea)