Soares de Souza, Gabriel. Descriptive treatise on Brazil in 1587

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

Title: Descriptive treatise on Brazil in 1587

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Revista do Instituto Historico e Geographico do Brazil

Published By: Original publisher Revista do Instituto Historico e Geographico do Brazil Rio de Janeiro: Impr. Nacional. 1851. 94-347 p. [incomplete]

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Gabriel Soares de Souza

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Tupinamba (SO09)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Hunting and trapping (224); Fishing (226); Cannibalism (266); Warfare (726); Aftermath of combat (727); Burial practices and funerals (764); Sex (830);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This bulky work (365 pages) was written in the second half of the sixteenth century by a Portuguese who resided in Brazil for a long time. It is a complete description of the colony from the geographical, botanical, zoological and anthropological points of view. The author resided mainly in the region of Bahia and the Tupi tribe which he describes is the one that lived around that city. Soares de Souza gives valuable historical information on the Tupinamba and their migrations. The anthropological section contains many minute details which he alone gives; unfortunately, however, his style is clumsy and sometimes obscure. He also mentions the culture traits that differentiated the coastal Tupi tribes. In the botanical section there are many data on economy. He also carefully defines the geographical boundaries of various Indian tribes, Tupi and Tapuya.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 8

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. so09-008

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Component part(s), monograph

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

Note: This document consists of excerpts|Translation of: [Tratado descriptivo do Brazil em 1587]|The original Portuguese text is not included Translated for the HRAF files by prior to 1956

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1570-1587

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 Unknown-3

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Alfred Métraux ; 1971

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1570-1587

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Bahia, Brazil

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Tupinamba Indians


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