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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Dobrizhoffer, Martin, 1717-1791
An account of the Abipones, an equestrian people of Paraguay:
Published By: Original publisher
London: John Murray. 1822. vi, 446 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2010. 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
Shamans and psychotherapists (756);
Medical therapy (757);
Normal garb (291);
Body alterations (304);
Spirits and gods (776);
Descriptive somatology (142);
Domesticated animals (231);
Community heads (622);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
The material contained in this source was compiled by the
author during the eighteen years he spent in South America as a Jesuit missionary during
the years 1749-1767. Dobrizhoffer spent seven years of this period in residence among the
Abipon and had ample time to observe their customs and traditions, which he later set down
and published in 1784, after his return to Europe, as 'An Account of the Abipones, An
Equestrian People of Paraguay' (three volumes). This source, volume 2 of the three volume
set, deals primarily with the ethnography of the Abipon people, their territory, origins,
physical appearance and characteristics, religion, tribal divisions, chiefs or captains
(caciques), food, clothing, language, marriage customs, games, diseases, chamans
(jugglers), death and mortuary customs, fauna and warfare. A great deal of information is
given in this source on language, diseases, fauna and warfare. Volumes 1 and 3 were not
processed because they deal with Spanish colonization and unspecified native groups. Volume
1 deals primarily with the geography and natural resources of the area, while volume 3
covers colonization and relations between the Spanish and the natives.
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
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 ; 1960: John Beierle; 2009
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)
Grand Chaco Region, Paraguay and Argentina,
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Abipon Indians//Paraguay--Description and travel--Early works