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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Oliver, Douglas L.
A Solomon Island society: kinship and leadership among the
Siuai of Bougainville
Published By: Original publisher
Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 1955. xxii, 533 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Douglas L. Oliver
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2016. 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
Domesticated animals (231);
Vegetable production (244);
Normal garb (291);
Settlement patterns (361);
Mutual aid (476);
Accumulation of wealth (556);
Visiting and hospitality (574);
Mode of marriage (583);
Kin relationships (602);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This fundamental ethnography of the Siwai provides a
comprehensive account of the culture in order to frame traditional authority and the
actions of leaders. Specific themes covered include the environment, settlement
patterns, subsistence practices, property system, land use, cosmology, myths, social
organization, values, the life cycle, and ceremonial practices. It is shown how an
ambitious man can manipulate complicated exchanges in resources, especially pigs, in
order to host a "social-climbing" feast in which the prime objective is to humiliate a
rival and gain renown.
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 in "Notes" (p.
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.
Ian Skoggard; 2014
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)
Southern Bougainville, North Solomons
Province, Papua New Guinea
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Siuai (Papuan people)//Leadership