Price, Sally. Co-wives and calabashes

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

Title: Co-wives and calabashes

Published By: Original publisher Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 1993. xxxi, 224 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Sally Price. 2nd ed., with a preface by the author

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. Saramaka (SR15)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Clothing manufacture (294); Woodworking (322); Utensils (415); Music (533); Visual arts (5311); Gender roles and issues (890); Interlinear translations (903);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this book, Price examines Saramakan gender relations and art forms. She describes the making, and designing of calabash utensils, clothing, and songs, mostly by women. She discusses how these art forms are interrelated, and their relationship to gender relations. Samarakan culture is marked by gift exchange between couples. Men who work on the coast, sometimes for years at a time, return with gifts for their wives, lovers, and other family members. Women reciprocate with carved calabash bowls and laddles, and embroidered capes. Women's work is more finely wrought than that of men's. According to Price this is because women have more time on their hands, and are more dependent on men: The Saramakans are polygamous and most men have wives whereas women at times are without husbands. Women's dependency on men, and the tensions within the polygamous household and patrilocal village are expressed in their songs and dance. Price discusses the changes in design elements over time, which she relates to changes in both imported materials and Saramakan social relations, particularly those with the outside world. She notes a standardization of art forms over time, with less tolerance for individual variation.

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. sr15-001

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-218) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1966-1978

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-4, 5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 1997

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1870-1970

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Saramacca (Surinam people)


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