Sverdrup, Harald Ulrich, 1888-. With the people of the Tundra

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

Title: With the people of the Tundra

Published By: Original publisher Oslo, Norway: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag. 1938. 175 p. [HRAF pagination - incomplete] ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Harald Ulrich Sverdrup

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1996. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Chukchee (RY02)

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Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a study of Reindeer Chukchee, describing customs, mode of life, religious beliefs, etc. Sverdrup was an oceanographer who gathered the data for this study while he was a member of Amundsen's expeditions. He lived among the Chukchee and the Lamuts during the winters of 1919-1920 and 1920-1921 while Amundsen's ship was caught in the polar ice off Aion Island. This is an excellent ethnographic study, even taking into consideration the fact that Sverdrup had no training as an ethnographer and no previous knowledge of the language. In the mid-1950s, Sverdrup was the director of the Norsk Polarinstitutt in Oslo.||This account of the Chukchee was first published as a section (pp.257-391) of Roald Amundsen's 'Nordostpassagen' (Kristiania: Gyldendalske Boghandel, 1921) under the title 'Blandt rentjuksere og lamuter' (Among the Reindeer-Chukchi and the Lamuts). It was later issued as a separate book 'Hos Tundrafolket.' The author has made a manuscript translation into English and it is this manscript translation that has been excerpted for the HRAF. A copy of the original book in Norwegian was not available in this country and therefore the pagination in the Files follows that of the manuscript. A number of interesting photographs accompanied the manuscript but they could not be included in the Files at the time this source was processed. It is not clear whether these photographs were taken from Amundsen's or Sverdrup's book. One map and two pages of drawings have been reproduced for the Files.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 16

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. ry02-016

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 translation from Norwegian

Note: This document consists of excerpts.|Translation of: Hos Tundra-folket.| Translated by the author.|The original Norwegian text is not included

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1919-1920, 1920-1921

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 Natural Scientist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. PHS ; 1950-1956

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1919-1920 and 1920-1921

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Reindeer Chuckchee; Aion Island, eastern Siberia, Russia

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Chukchi


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