Métraux, Alfred, 1902-1963. Contribution to the ethnography and linguistics of the Uro Indians of Ancoaqui (Bolivia)

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Contribution to the ethnography and linguistics of the Uro Indians of Ancoaqui (Bolivia)

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Journal de la Société des Americanistes de Paris, n.s. -- Vol. 27

Published By: Original publisher Journal de la Société des Americanistes de Paris, n.s. -- Vol. 27 Paris: Au siège de la Société. 1935. HRAF ms: 1-25 p. [Original: 75-110 p., 4 end plates] ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Alfred Métraux

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2014. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Uru-Chipaya (SF24)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Cultural identity and pride (186); Community structure (621); Community heads (622); Tillage (241); Dwellings (342); (3233); General tools (412); Fishing (226); Fishing gear (227); Fowling (223); Shipbuilding (396); Normal garb (291); Utensils (415);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This source presents a succinct account of the material culture, social organization and religion of an Uru community of Ancoaqui (Iru-Itu) on the banks of the Desaguadero River, some twenty-five kilometers south of the Bolivian port of Guaqui. The author, accompanied by Professor A. Posnánsky, visited the village for a period of one week in June, 1931, for the primary purpose of obtaining some cross-cultural linguistic data for his Chipaya dictionary. In the process of collecting this information, observations were made on other aspects of Uru culture, forming the content of this source. In his discussion of material culture the author describes dwellings and their furnishings, fishing and fishing equipment, fowling, agriculture (or lack thereof), construction of native boats (balsas), mat and rope making, and dress. The few aspects of social organization noted consist of a listing of clans and moieties, and a few brief notes on community leadership. Religion is approached in terms of customs related to the Pačamama or "earth mother." Additional brief paragraphs discuss native mythology, the general "character" of the Uru, and linguistics. The end plates have been renumbered for simplicity of reference.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

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. sf24-001

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English translation from French

Note: Translation of: [Contribution à l'Ethnographie et à la Linguistique des Indiens Uro d'Ancoaqui (Bolivie)] Includes bibliographical references Translated for the HRAF files by Priscilla Reynolds in 1965

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1931

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 Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1966

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1931

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) southern Lake Titicaca area, La Paz department, Bolivia

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Uru Indians


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