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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Routledge, W. Scoresby (William Scoresby),
Routledge, Scoresby, Mrs., b. 1866
With a prehistoric people, the Akikuyu of British East Africa:
being some account of the method of life and mode of thought found existent amongst a
nation on its first contact with European civilisation
Published By: Original publisher
London: Edward Arnold. 1910. xxxiv, 392 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by W. Scoresby Routledge ... and Katherine Routledge (born
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2010. 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
External relations (648);
Historical reconstruction (174);
Traditional history (173);
Personal grooming (302);
Ordering of time (805);
Personal grooming (302);
Normal garb (291);
Real property (423);
Gift giving (431);
Legal and judicial personnel (693);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Social relationships and groups (571);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source is a highly regarded example of early British
ethnology, written by two skilled and sensitive observers who spent two years among the
Kikuyu. Major attention throughout the book is focussed on detailed description of custom
and artifact, and relatively little attention is paid to inference and to theoretical
considerations. The data on food, clothing, shelter, arts and crafts, customs associated
with birth and the various stages of life and death, are predominantly concrete and
factual. There is a short sketch of political organization, in which appears a complete
transcription of careful notes taken during several sessions of the local native courts.
The section on religion outlines the Kikuyu conception of the soul with very little
dilution by European preconceptions, and also includes a rather extensive discussion of the
role and function of the medicine man in Kikuyu culture. The concluding section of work
contains translations of 13 Kikuyu folktales.
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
Includes bibliographical records (p. 363-365) Some
material on pp. 329-349 and 354-362, not pertinent to the ethnography, have been omitted
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.
Leslie L. Clark ; 1958
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
Kikuyu (African people)