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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Both sides of Buka Passage: an ethnographic study of social,
sexual, and economic questions in the north-western Solomon Islands
Published By: Original publisher
Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1935. XXIV, 624 p. ill.,
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Food preparation (252);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Kinship terminology (601);
Spirits and gods (776);
Revelation and divination (787);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a comprehensive ethnographic study of the Kurtatchi
community on the northeastern coast of Bougainville, and of the peoples of the Buka Passage
in general. Because the original research design focused on issues of sex, there is notable
detail regarding marriage and sex, pregnancy and childbirth, childhood and adolescent
activities, and puberty rites. There are also descriptions of the physical environment,
village and kinship organization, economic pursuits, arts and crafts, food, medicine,
religious beliefs and practices. There is even a collection of dreams, with classification
and discussion. Appendices include lists of kinship terms, and of useful plants.
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 bibliographic references (p.600-602) The
author's information on 'clan' organization has been marked for category 614, 'sibs.'
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.
Robert Lee ; 1958
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)
North Bougainville District, Autonomous Region
of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Ethnology--Solomon Islands//Primitive societies//Endogamy and