Oberg, Kalervo, 1901-1973. The social economy of the Tlingit Indians

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

Title: The social economy of the Tlingit Indians

Published By: Original publisher [s.l.]: [s.n.]. [n.d.]. 3, 170 leaves [HRAF MS: 3, 153 leaves] ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Kalervo Oberg

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1997. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Tlingit (NA12)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Gift giving (431); Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This dissertation is a precise ethnographic description of Tlingit culture and society, with a focus on economics and social institutions. Specific attention is given to the potlatch. Oberg distinguishes sharply between the purely economic exchange of goods which takes place between distant groups of Tlingit as well as other tribes (Tshimshian, Haida, inland Athapaskans) and the ceremonial gift exchange in the form of the potlatch which takes place between different clan groups of a certain area. According to the author excessive amounts of goods used for exchange and destruction in potlatches were a phenomenon caused by the influx of wealth resulting from the fur trade.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 18

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. na12-018

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: Thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Chicago, 1937 Includes bibliographical references (p. 151-153) This dissertation was retyped at the Human Relations Area Files

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1931-1932

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. Sigrid Khera ; Adolph Hoeling ; 1970-1971

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

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Tlingit Indians


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