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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Suárez, Maria Matilde
The Warao: natives of the Orinoco Delta
Published By: Original publisher
Caracas: Deparemento de Antropología, Instituto Venezolano
de Investigaciones Científicas. 1968. HRAF MS: i, 228 leaves [Original: xi, 311 p.]
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
María Matilde Suárez
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2000. 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
Topography and geology (133);
Reviews and critiques (114);
General tools (412);
Normal garb (291);
Mats and basketry (285);
Food preparation (252);
Kinship terminology (601);
Rule of descent (611);
Shamans and psychotherapists (756);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Magical and mental therapy (755);
Literary texts (539);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This study presents a well-rounded ethnographic description
of the Warao living in the Orinoco Delta. The author begins her study with introductory
material on the geographical characteristics of the Delta, and on field work conditions in
the area, then reviews the ethnographic literature relative to the Warao (with particular
emphasis on the studies of Wilbert). Following this is the main body of the work dealing
with economy, social and political organization, and magico-religious life. Concluding the
work is an appendix that includes phonetic and musical transcriptions of five Indian songs
(translated into Spanish) and a collection of Warao drawings. This work serves as a valued
complement to other documents in this file and is particularly useful for its contemporary
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
English translation from Spanish
Translation of: Los Warao:indígenas del delta del
Orinoco|The original Spanish text is not included Includes bibliographical references (p.
218-223) Translated for the HRAF files by Sydney Muirden
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 ; 1985
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Orinoco Delta, Venezuela
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings