Herskovits, Melville J. (Melville Jean), 1895-1963. Life in a Haitian valley

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Title: Life in a Haitian valley

Published By: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1937. xvi, 369, xix p., 12 plates

By line: Melville J. Herskovits

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Haitians (SV03)

Subjects: Tillage (241); Cereal agriculture (243); Division of labor by gender (462); Mutual aid (476); Labor and leisure (461); History (175); Cultural identity and pride (186); Organized ceremonial (796); External relations (648); Etiquette (576); Ethnic stratification (563); Food preparation (252); Games (524); Music (533); Social control (626); Retail marketing (443); Classes (565); Infancy and childhood (850); Marriage (580);

Abstract: The author describes the culture and society of a particular Haitian district with respect to the cultural and social conditions of Haiti in general and to their historical development. In this he concentrates upon religion, while social and economic conditions are treated in a rather generalized way. The interconnection between religion, society, and economy is not given sufficient consideration. The author draws the conclusion that the African heritage is of great importance for religion (Voodoo), art (music, dance), and certain social institutions (extended family, pronounced respect for elders, polygyny). The book contains a useful review of Haitian history.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: sv03-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Study of native life in the valley of Mirebalais. Pages i-xix of index repaginated by HRAF as pages 351-369. Footnotes, appearing mostly as bibliographical citations in the text, will be found at the end, of this source, category 116, pp. 327-338.

Field Date: 1934

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Sigrid Khera ; 1967

Coverage Date: 1520-1936

Coverage Place: Haiti

LCSH: Voodooism//Magic--Haiti//Haiti--Social life and customs//Mirebalais (Haiti)


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