Fenton, William N.. The Feast of the Dead or Ghost Dance at Six Nations Reserve, Canada

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

Title: The Feast of the Dead or Ghost Dance at Six Nations Reserve, Canada

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. 139-165 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication William N. Fenton and Gertrude P. Kurath

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 Cult of the dead (769);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This article presents a detailed study of the ceremonial observance of the Feast of the Dead at Onondaga longhouse, Six Nations Reserve, Ontario in 1945 and at Sour Springs (Cayuga)longhouse, also at Six Nations in 1949. Fenton and Kurath describe all aspects of this ceremony with special emphasis on songs, music, dancing, the improtance of the women's role in the ceremony, and the distribution of gifts at the end of the performance. There are also data on Iroquois beliefs about the dead, illustrated by two folk tales concerning the relations between the living and the dead. The article concludes with a few comments on the functional relationship of the Feast of the Dead with other aspects of Iroquois culture.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 36

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. nm09-036

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 ca. 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 Ethnologist, Musicologist-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). 1949; 1945

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Cayuga (Upper) and Onondaga ; Six Nations Reserve, Grand River, Ontario, Canada

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Iroquois Indians

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