Bank, Ted. Botanical and ethnological studies in the Aleutian Islands: II. health and medical lore of the Aleuts

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

Title: Botanical and ethnological studies in the Aleutian Islands: II. health and medical lore of the Aleuts

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Papers of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters -- Vol. 38

Published By: Original publisher Papers of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters -- Vol. 38 Ann Arbor [etc.]: Published for the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters by the University of Michigan Press [etc.]. 1953. 415-432 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Theodore P. Bank, II

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2007. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Aleut (NA06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Morbidity (164); Pharmaceuticals (278); Medical therapy (757); Ethnobotany (824);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This source only provides an excellent historical review of some of the early accounts of explorers, missionaries, etc., relevant to the problem of disease and its treatment among the Aleut, but also lists current practices along these lines. In addition to discussion of the various diseases afflicting the Aleut, information is also provided on the contemporary health of the Aleut (as derived from health records), and a study of the Aleut's own medical knowledge and forms of treatment. A listing of various plants used in the native pharmacopoeia is also provided in the source, as well as a brief discussion of the Aleut's knowledge of magical and poisonous plants found in the environment. From this study the author concludes that the medical and surgical lore of these people was well developed in pre-Russian (European) days, and that this knowledge was a carefully guarded secret of a chosen few (i.e., the native doctors). Today, however, the Aleut culture, under the influence of European acculturation, has deteriorated to such an extent that there is a complete dependence on the present government not only for medical care, but for economic survival as well.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 67

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. na06-067

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 430-431) References are made to Russian historical accounts, such as Veniamenof (1823-1834). (I.S. 2005)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1948-1951

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 Natural Scientist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1964-1965

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1948-1951

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Aleuts


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