Williams, Thomas, 1815-1891. The islands and their inhabitants

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

Title: The islands and their inhabitants

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Fiji and the Fijians by Thomas Williams and James Calvert; Edited by George Stringer Rowe

Published By: Original publisher Fiji and the Fijians by Thomas Williams and James Calvert; Edited by George Stringer Rowe New York: D. Appelton and Company. 1860. x, 209 p. ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By Thomas Williams

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2020. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Bau Fijians (OQ12)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Drives and emotions (152); Social personality (156); Cannibalism (266); Fishing (226); General character of religion (771); Form and rules of government (642); Chief executive (643); Gender status (562); Gender roles and issues (890); Warfare (726); Aftermath of combat (727); ;

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This book describes aspects of Fijian culture and society during the rise of Bau as the dominant political center of Fiji, with considerable perspective on politics and events beyond the Bau chiefdom. There was a simultaneous increase in missionary activity, culminating in the conversion of Bau’s reigning chief to Christianity in 1854, immediately following the residence of the author on other islands where he frequently witnessed visits by chiefs from around the archipelago. The author also traveled extensively, closely observing the drama of daily life and organized ceremonials held on different islands. The result is a rich account of not just the observed aspects of community life and court politics, but also the moralistic and religious logic of controversial practices such as cannibalism and widow-strangling.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

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. oq12-001

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Component part(s), monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1840-1853

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 Missionary-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Teferi Abate Adem

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1840-1853

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Fiji

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Fijians


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