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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Best, Elsdon, 1856-1931
The Maori: volume 1
Published By: Original publisher
Wellington, N.Z.: Printed by H.H. Tombs, limited. 1924.
xv, 530 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by Elsdon Best
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
Sacred objects and places (778);
Traditional history (173);
Spirits and gods (776);
Literary texts (539);
General character of religion (771);
Avoidance and taboo (784);
Food preparation (252);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This document, Vol. 1 of a two volume work on the Maori of
New Zealand, presents a comprehensive ethnographic study of native life as it existed in
pre-European days. The author, a noted authority on the Maori, compiled this work from
numerous notes made in the field between the years 1870 to 1920. In this first volume, the
author covers the following aspects of Maori life: a physical description of the people,
their culture history, the teaching of traditional history in the Whare wananga or school
of learning, cosmogony, myth and folklore, religion, magical practices, and social customs
both per se and in relation to marriage. Volume 2 of The Maori is in this collection (Best,
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
'Published by the Board of Maori Ethnological Research
for the author and on behalf of the Polynesian Society.' 'List of authorities quoted': v.
1, p. 481-483
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 ; 1963: John Beierle; 2007
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)
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Maori (New Zealand people)