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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Sverdrup, Harald Ulrich, 1888-
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
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
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.
Component part(s), monograph
Language: Language that the document is written in
English translation from Norwegian
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
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.
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
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings