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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Lessa, William Armand
Tales from Ulithi Atoll: a comparative study in oceanic
Published By: Original publisher
Berkeley: University of California Press. 1961. x, 493 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
William A. Lessa
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2000. 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
Comparative evidence (171);
Verbal arts (5310);
Spirits and gods (776);
Texts in the speaker's language (901);
Texts translated into english (902);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
The first part of this study consists of a collection of
previously unpublished myths and folktales from Ulithi Atoll in the West Caroline Islands,
and how this folklore is related to the technology, social and political organization,
religion, and values of the people. Lessa then presents a generalized discussion on the
various motifs and themes present in Ulithian folktales which appear elsewhere in Oceania
(e.g., Malaysia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, Australia, and even Madagascar) for
which there is comparative data. From the analysis of this comparative material the author
contends '…that Ulithian culture is a conglomerate with not too distinctive a character.
The folktales clearly indicate this; they are anything but unique. For the most part they
constitute an amalgam of stories and motifs from far-flung areas' (p. 20).
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 465-493)
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 ; 2006
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Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Ulithi, Federated States of Micronesia
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings