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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Herskovits, Melville J. (Melville Jean),
Life in a Haitian valley
Published By: Original publisher
New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1937. xvi, 369, xix p., 12
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Melville J. Herskovits
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2012. 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
Cereal agriculture (243);
Division of labor by gender (462);
Mutual aid (476);
Labor and leisure (461);
Cultural identity and pride (186);
Organized ceremonial (796);
External relations (648);
Ethnic stratification (563);
Food preparation (252);
Social control (626);
Retail marketing (443);
Infancy and childhood (850);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
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
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
Study of native life in the valley of Mirebalais
Includes bibliographical references (p. 347-350) 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: 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.
Sigrid Khera ; 1967
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)
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Voodooism//Magic--Haiti//Haiti--Social life and