Selden, Sherman Ward, 1921-. The legend, myth and Code of Deganawidah and their significance to Iroquois cultural history

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

Title: The legend, myth and Code of Deganawidah and their significance to Iroquois cultural history

Published By: Original publisher Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International. 1966 [1994 copy]. [vii], [242] leaves maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Sherman W. Selden

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 Traditional history (173); Form and rules of government (642); Legal norms (671); Mythology (773); Ethnosociology (829);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document The material under study in this dissertation involves the legend of the 'culture hero' Deganaweda, the code of laws he is said to have formulated, and the myth that has grown up around him in the last century (p. 2). Selden believes that the combination of legend and laws have not only united the Iroquois tribes into a powerful league, but also have guided their behavior in both war and peace by specifically stating which actions are allowed and which are forbidden. This work is divided into three parts: the legend of Deganaweda and its many variants; the Code of Deganaweda which establishes the rules and regulations that have been transmitted orally for centuries but were not written down until the late nineteenth century; and the contemporary lore that clusters about Deganaweda and which was recorded by the author during his field work in 1963-1965.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 61

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. nm09-061

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: UM: 66-14,884 Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Indiana University, 1966 Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-241)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1963-1965

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 Folklorist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1994

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

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) various locations in New York State, United States and Ontario and Quebec, Canada

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Iroquois Indians


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