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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Deacon, Bernard, 1903-1927
Wedgwood, Camilla H. (Camilla Hildegarde),
Malekula: a vanishing people in the New Hebrides
Published By: Original publisher
London: George Routledge and Sons, Ltd.. 1934. xl, 792 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by A. Bernard Deacon ; edited by Camilla H. Wedgwood. With a
pref. by A. C. Haddon.
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2002. 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
Reviews and critiques (114);
Domesticated animals (231);
Body alterations (304);
Age stratification (561);
Regulation of marriage (582);
Kinship terminology (601);
Kin relationships (602);
Avuncular and nepotic relatives (604);
Spirits and gods (776);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Puberty and initiation (881);
Interlinear translations (903);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This monograph is a comprehensive survey of traditional
Malekulan ethnography, based on Deacon's own field observations during the period of
1925-1927, and the memories of his native informants dealing with earlier historical
periods. Copious notes were taken by the author during the years of his field work, but
unfortunately he died of blackwater fever in 1927 before they could be organized into a
form suitable for publication. After his death this task was left to Miss Camilla H.
Wedgewood who edited the notes and put them into the final form of the publication
presented here (with many editorial notes scattered throughout the text). Although Deacon's
work centered primarily on the southwestern region of Malekula, he does present much
comparative information on other regions of the island as well (northwestern, eastern,
northern, central, etc.). Much of the document deals with the age grade rituals of the
NIMANGKI and NALAWAN societies, but there is also abundant information on geography,
kinship, marriage, the economic life, warfare, birth and initiation, the gongs (which are
involved in many aspects of Malekulan life), death practices, totemism, and magic. Three
appendices provide data on the prehistoric pottery used extensively in rituals, native
texts of myths, and a glossary of native terms.
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
English and dialects of Malekula
'Native texts: stories and myths recorded in the
dialects of Malekula, and translated wholly or in part by A. B. Deacon': p. 715-736
Includes bibliographical references (p. 757-760) and index
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.
John Beierle ; 2000
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
late eighteenth century - mid 1920s
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Island of Malekula, Vanuatu
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings