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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Life in a Haitian valley

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

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. Haitians (SV03)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF 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: 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 history.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

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. sv03-001

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: 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 1934

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 Ethnologist-4,5

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). 1520-1936

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Haiti

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Voodooism//Magic--Haiti//Haiti--Social life and customs//Mirebalais (Haiti)


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