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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Skinner, Alanson, 1886-1925
Notes on the Bribri of Costa Rica
Published By: Original publisher
New York: Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation.
1920. 37-106 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2012. 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
Woven and other interworked fabrics (286);
Animal by-products (237);
Normal garb (291);
Burial practices and funerals (764);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
The author gathered the material for this monograph during
a two month stay among the Bribri. His primary purpose in visiting the group was to collect
examples of native handicrafts, and he did not have the opportunity to observe religious
ceremonies or the manufacture of some of the material culture items. Apart from a short
section on funerary customs, the source deals with housing, furniture, and the various
articles made of cordage, wood, pottery, and so forth, which were aboriginal in nature.
Profusely illustrated, the source constitutes a thorough inventory of Talamanca material
culture. It is limited in its descriptive side, however, by the fact that many of the items
of native manufacture were no longer being made by the time Skinner observed the group, so
that the article on the whole represents an extinct industry.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references
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.
James R. Leary ; 1961
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)
Bribri people, Talamanca canton, Limón
province, Costa Rica
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings