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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Heinen, H. Dieter
Oko Warao: marshland people of the Orinoco Delta
Published By: Original publisher
Münster: Lit. . 131 p. ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Heinz Dieter Heinen
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
Life history materials (159);
Normal garb (291);
Ethnic stratification (563);
Magical and mental therapy (755);
Shamans and psychotherapists (756);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
'Oko Warao' consists of a series of narratives dealing with
life in the lower Orinoco Delta of Venezuela from approximately the early 1900s to the
1980s. These narratives were told to the author (and recorded on tape) by elders from the
Winikina and Wayo areas of the traditional Warao heartland. Each of the narratives
discusses a topic of special interest to the informant. These stories were supplemented by
footnotes and background information supplied by the editor to fill gaps that the narrator
himself found too self-evident to explain. Topics discussed in this work describe the
annual cycle, foods, the gathering and preparation of sago, relations with the Criollos
(Venezuelans of white, Indian and black parentage), kinship and marriage, shamanism and
medicine, the KANOBO or ancestor spirits, socio-cultural change and acculturation,
Warao-missionary relations, and education.
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
Maps on lining papers Includes bibliographical
references (p. 129-131) Maps on lining papers not included
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 ; 2000
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