Oliver, Douglas L.. Human relations and language in a Papuan-speaking tribe of southern Bougainville, Solomon Islands: an essay on methodology

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

Title: Human relations and language in a Papuan-speaking tribe of southern Bougainville, Solomon Islands: an essay on methodology

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Studies in the anthropology of Bougainville, Solomon Islands

Published By: Original publisher Studies in the anthropology of Bougainville, Solomon Islands Cambridge, Mass.: The Museum. 1949. 38 p. ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By 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. Siwai (ON19)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Mutual aid (476); Status, role, and prestige (554); Community heads (622); Visiting and hospitality (574); Status, role, and prestige (554); Manipulative mobility (557); Downward mobility (558); Community structure (621); Inter-community relations (628);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This study discusses the political organization of the Siwai, beginning with a semantic analysis finding three distinct meanings of the word for a Siwai big man. One is a respectful form of address for elders within one's kin group. A second refers to people who have wealth in one or all of its various forms: land, crops, pigs, shell money, and ownership of a men's house. The third and perhaps most significant meaning relates to a person's ability to initiate and organize work in preparation for "social-climbing" feasts. The second part of the document is a detailed, day-by-day account of the preparations for one such feast.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 3

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. on19-003

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Peabody Expedition to Bougainville, Solomon Islands Includes bibliographical references (p. 38)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1938-1939

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. 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). 1938-1939

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)


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