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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Herskovits, Melville Jean, 1895-1963
Herskovits, Frances (Shapiro), Mrs.,
/$/Bush Negroes of Dutch Guiana
Rebel destiny: among the bush Negroes of Dutch Guiana
Published By: Original publisher
New York: Whittlesey House, McGraw-Hill Book Company,
Inc.. 1934. xviii, 366 p., plates
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
By Melville J. Herskovits and Frances S. Herskovits
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
Literary texts (539);
Community heads (622);
Community councils (623);
Spirits and gods (776);
Revelation and divination (787);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This monograph describes the lives of the Saramaka tribe of
Suriname Maroons and the Negroes of the coastal region of Suriname river. Included are,
discussions of the beliefs and practices associated with birth, marriage, death, family
relationships, community organization, folk lore, art, music, dancing, etc. The monograph
is based upon two field trips to Dutch Guiana by the authors, a husband and wife team, in
the summers of 1928 and 1929. The authors employed event centered interviewing together
with participant observation technique to investigate Saramaka attitudes toward their own
civilization, and their logic in explaining their own custom. They also compared Saramaka
customs with those of town Negro of Dutch Guiana, Blacks of Africa and of the United
States. It is the authors' contention that the history of Blacks in the New World can be
considered as a vast 'laboratory' experiment in the processes of racial mixture and of
cultural contacts. The materials on the concept, symbols, functions and hierarchy of
supernatural forces; Saramaka's religious practices; and the unique decision making
institution called KRUTU are especially valuable.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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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.
Hesung C. Koh ; 1962
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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)
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Saramacca (Suriname people)