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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Nordenskiöld, Erland, 1877-1932
érez Kantule, Ruben, 1907-
Wassén, Henry, 1908-
An historical and ethnological survey of the Cuna
Published By: Original publisher
Göteborg, Sweden: Göteborg Museum. 1938. xxvii, 686 p.,
plates ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Erland Nordenskiöld, in collaboration with the Cuna Indian
Ruben Pérez Kantule ; arranged and edited …by Henry Wassén ; preface by Walter Kaudern ;
editorial chapter by Henry Wassén
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1999. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
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Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
The material in this document was arranged and edited from
the manuscript and notes of Erland Nordenskiöld by Henry Wassén and from the original Cuna
documents at the Gothenburg Ethnographical Museum. Many of these manuscripts were brought
to Sweden by Nordenskiöld's native assistant, Ruben Pérez Kantule, who assisted in
arranging and interpreting materials for Nordenskiöld and Wassén, after the death of the
former. Wassén had for six months assisted Nordenskiöld and later made a trip to the
regions occupied by the Cuna in order to study them so he was qualified to take over the
task of putting in order the vast amount of material left by the author when he died.
Wassén is responsible for the arrangement of the material because Nordenskiöld's manuscript
was not completed and the comparative part of the work was entirely unwritten when
editorial work began. For the complete story of the work of Nordenskiöld, Wassén and their
informant, Ruben Pérez Kantule, see pages i-xxvii of the text. The excellent, original
material appearing in this document is divided into seven parts covering the following
topics: geography and population statistics; family and community organization, and various
types of social relationships; political leaders; some Cuna texts; Cuna Indian ideology;
medicine men and the treatment of various illnesses and disease; the use of magical songs
in hunting, and songs sung primarily for pleasure. There are excellent plates of Cuna
picture writing included. Throughout a great deal of this book the original text of various
manuscripts appears on the left hand side of the page and the explained and translated text
appears on the opposite side.
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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
English with some Spanish and Cuna
Includes bibliographical references (p. 680-683)
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.
Leila Small ; 1951 ; 1966
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
historical period to 1927
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
San Blas, Panama
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