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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Barnett, H. G. (Homer Garner),
Palauan society: a study of contemporary native life in the
Published By: Original publisher
Eugene, Ore.: University of Oregon Publications. 1949. 5,
223 p. ill., map
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
[by] Homer G. Barnett
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2017. 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
Community structure (621);
Settlement patterns (361);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Accumulation of wealth (556);
Manipulative mobility (557);
Cereal agriculture (243);
Production and supply (433);
Labor and leisure (461);
External trade (439);
Individual enterprise (472);
Kin relationships (602);
Family relationships (593);
Medium of exchange (436);
General character of religion (771);
Sociocultural trends (178);
Culture summary (105);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This report is the result of nine months' fieldwork in
Belau from the end of August 1947 to May 1948. During this period the author and an
associate lived in the village of Ulimang in Ngarard District on Babeldaob Island. Unless
stated otherwise most of the descriptive ethnography presented here is relevant only to the
people of Ngarard, and then only to the end of the 1940s. Topics covered in this source are
food and food production, work patterns, kinship, Belauan money, wealth manipulation to
achieve status, life cycle events, social and political stratification in the society, and
religion. Status and status manipulation through the use of 'valuables' or money and kin
relationships are dominant themes in this work. History, although not dealt with
extensively, is discussed from the standpoint of subsequent German, Japanese and American
administrations and their effect in producing culture change in the society.
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Language: Language that the document is written in
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; 1989
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)
Ulimang, Ngarard District, Babeldaob Island,
Republic of Belau
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings