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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Stone, Doris, 1909-1994
The Talamancan tribes of Costa Rica
Published By: Original publisher
Cambridge, Mass.: The Peabody Museum. 1962. x, 108 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Doris Z. Stone
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
Literary texts (539);
Texts translated into english (902);
Burial practices and funerals (764);
Kinship terminology (601);
Shamans and psychotherapists (756);
Normal garb (291);
Traditional history (173);
Texts in the speaker's language (901);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source is a general ethnography of Talmancan peoples,
focusing almost exclusively on the Bribri and Cabécar groups. The data presented include
geography (divided culturally into the Chirripó river valley [both upper or Central
Plateau, and lower or Caribbean coastal plain], upper and lower Talamanca [canton], and the
adjacent Pacific slopes), historical orientation, the language, subsistence activities,
houses and house types, dress and ornamentation, transportation, manufacture, the life
cycle, recreation and leisure activities, religion and magic, mythology and native arts
(dance, songs, etc.). Information on medicine men and their activities is of particular
interest. The author presents translations of native texts pertaining to various myths and
songs. There are three appendices: first deals with cultivated foods and domestic animals;
the second has scores of two Bribri songs; the third, written by Carlos Meléndez Ch., is
presented as a separate document in this collection. The author was an ethnologist and
archaeologist with a special interest in Central America.
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
Includes bibliographical references (p. 107-108)
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 ; 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 and Cabecar peoples,southern Costa
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings