Deardorff, Merle H.. The religion of Handsome Lake: its origin and development

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

Title: The religion of Handsome Lake: its origin and development

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Symposium on local diversity in Iroquois culture

Published By: Original publisher Symposium on local diversity in Iroquois culture Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution. 1951. 77-107 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Merle H. Deardorff

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1996. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Iroquois (NM09)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF General character of religion (771);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This article presents a generalized account of the history and development of the Handsome Lake Religion, also known as the 'Good Word' or the 'Good Message,' at Cornplanter, near Warren, Pennsylvania. Although the article gives very little specific information on the tenets of the religion, it does establish the background for its introduction and growth among the Iroquois, and shows clearly how this new religion was able to flourish, unlike similar nativistic movements. The article clearly shows the effects of missionary doctrines on the Iroquois, and especially that of the Quakers on Handsome Lake.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 34

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. nm09-034

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

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

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 Businessman-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1961

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ca. 1800

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Iroquois Indians

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