Kerns, Virginia, 1948-. Past and present evidence of interethnic mating

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Title: Past and present evidence of interethnic mating

Published in: Current developments in anthropological genetics -- Vol. 3

Published By: Current developments in anthropological genetics -- Vol. 3 New York: Plenum Press, 1984. 95-114 p.: ill.

By line: Virginia Kerns

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Garifuna (SA12)

Subjects: Ethnic stratification (563); Regulation of marriage (582); Inter-ethnic relations (629);

Abstract: Nineteenth century travelers and twentieth century ethnographers have characterized the Black Caribs as an endogamous population. In this article, Kerns questions those observations and examines the evidence for interethnic mating found in past census data (1861 and 1881) and in her own data gathered from three Belize villages. She concludes that interethnic mating was common and that the Black Carib population was never a genetical isolate; and is not today. The appearance of an endogamous population may have more to do with socialization and the transmission of ethnicity among the Black Caribs.

Document Number: 23

Document ID: sa12-023

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 113-114)

Field Date: 1974-1975

Evaluation: Social Scientist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2003

Coverage Date: 1861-1975

Coverage Place: Belize

LCSH: Black Carib Indians


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