Best, Elsdon, 1856-1931. The Maori: volume 1

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

Title: The Maori: volume 1

Published By: Original publisher Wellington, N.Z.: Printed by H.H. Tombs, limited. 1924. xv, 530 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Elsdon Best

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Maori (OZ04)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Mythology (773); Sacred objects and places (778); Traditional history (173); Spirits and gods (776); Literary texts (539); General character of religion (771); Avoidance and taboo (784); Eschatology (775); Sorcery (754); Food preparation (252); Marriage (580);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This document, Vol. 1 of a two volume work on the Maori of New Zealand, presents a comprehensive ethnographic study of native life as it existed in pre-European days. The author, a noted authority on the Maori, compiled this work from numerous notes made in the field between the years 1870 to 1920. In this first volume, the author covers the following aspects of Maori life: a physical description of the people, their culture history, the teaching of traditional history in the Whare wananga or school of learning, cosmogony, myth and folklore, religion, magical practices, and social customs both per se and in relation to marriage. Volume 2 of The Maori is in this collection (Best, document 2).

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. oz04-001

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: 'Published by the Board of Maori Ethnological Research for the author and on behalf of the Polynesian Society.' 'List of authorities quoted': v. 1, p. 481-483

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1870-1920

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-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1963: John Beierle; 2007

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1820-1920

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Maori (New Zealand people)


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