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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Buck, Peter Henry, 1877?-1951
Samoan material culture
Published By: Original publisher
Honolulu, Hawaii: The Museum. 1930. 1 p. l., xi, ,
-724 p. ill., map
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by Te Rangi Hiroa (P. H. Buck)
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2009. 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);
Felted and other non-interworked fabrics (287);
Mats and basketry (285);
Normal garb (291);
Paint and dye manufacture (386);
General tools (412);
Food preparation (252);
Personal grooming (302);
Fishing gear (227);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This document is a fairly complete catalog of Samoan
material culture. However, some relevant material on Samoan social structure is included.
Buck does not provide a great deal on those aspects of material culture which are
adequately covered in other documents. He deals intensively with housing, utensils, food
plants and animals, kava, plaiting, clothing, bark cloth, tools, boats, fishing and hunting
gear, games, weapons, ornaments, and tattooing. Distributional comparisons of Samoan
material culture with that of other Oceanic groups occur frequently throughout the text,
and the concluding chapter consists of a summary of the material cultural position of Samoa
in Polynesia. This section (pp. 661-680) has been marked for both OU8 Samoa and OS2
Polynesians. Fifty-six end plates are described in a section of the text which precedes
them. A paginated index follows the plates. The author spent six months in Samoa in
1927-28, distributed as follows: three weeks in Tutuila, two months in Manua, and over two
months in Savaii and Upolu. The author also makes extensive use of the literature on Samoa
and on Polynesia as a whole.
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'Literature cited': p. 681-682
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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.
William W. Stein ; 1956
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