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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Goldman, Irving, 1911-
The Cubeo: Indians of the Northwest Amazon
Published By: Original publisher
Urbana , Illinois: University of Illinois Press. 1963. x,
305 p. ill., map
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HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1998. 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
Vegetable production (244);
Settlement patterns (361);
Visiting and hospitality (574);
Community structure (621);
Cult of the dead (769);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This book was written after ten months' field work among
the Cubeo (a Tucano subgroup living on the Vaupés River) during the years 1939-1940. The
author was 'adopted' into the household of the headman of the Bahúkiwa sib, and much of the
data presented pertains to this sib. At the time of Goldman's study, there were about 2500
Cubeo left with outside acculturative influences at a minimum, but since that time with the
wartime rubber boom and with increased missionizing and colonizing activities, the
population has dropped to around the 1000 mark, with the younger generation rapidly
becoming acculturated. Emphasis in this work is on social structure and ceremonial
patterns, with the remainder of the source providing a framework for the author's analysis.
There is an introductory chapter on the Cubeo community, followed by chapters on economic
life, the sib, kinship and marriage, leadership and authority, development of the
individual, the ancestor cult, the mourning ceremony and religion. The introduction
presents data on the general physical and cultural characteristics of the Northwest Amazon
region, with a survey of its principal tribes. The final chapter presents his structural
analysis of Cubeo society in which he attempts to depict not only what is Cubeo in content,
but also to lay the bases for two successively broader typological characterizations, the
tropical forest economics of South America as a whole, and 'simple' horticultural economics
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-297) and
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 ; 1969
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Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Cubeo Indians; Vaupés River region,
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