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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Co-wives and calabashes
Published By: Original publisher
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 1993. xxxi, 224
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Clothing manufacture (294);
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
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-218) and
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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.
Ian Skoggard ; 1997
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LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Saramacca (Surinam people)