Spier, Leslie, 1893-1961. Klamath ethnography

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I. Klamath Social Life

The Klamath And Their Territory

Tribal Relations And Population

Early Contacts With The Whites



Tribal Subdivisions

Warfare And Feuds


Slaves, Trade, And Wealth



House Groups



Status And Kinship Terms

Age Classification Terms

Kinship Terms

Puberty And Menstrual Customs

Death And Mourning



Musical Instruments

Social Dances


Ii. Klamath Shamanism


The Power Quest

Spirits, Souls, And Ghosts


The Shamanistic Performance

Weather Control And Clairvoyance


The Songs

Miscellaneous Beliefs

Iii. Economic Life And Material Culture

Division Of Labor

Food And Its Acquisition



Seed And Root Gathering


Various Manufactures And Tools

Basketry Fig. 12. Mode Of Commencing Twined Basket.


Houses And House Life


Clothing And Adornment

Time Reckoning, Directions, And Numeration

Iv. The Klamath And Western Culture

The Place Of Klamath Culture

The Shamanistic Complex

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Inheritance Of Spirit Power

The Power Quest

The Period Of The Quest

The Conduct Of The Quest

The Novice’s Performance

The Winter Performance

The Shaman’s Assistant

Accessory Elements


Various Beliefs


The Marriage Complex

Purchase, Rank, And Exogamy

The Amount Of The Bride Price

Marriage Visits

Family Compacts

Postnuptial Residence


Social Stratification

Basis Of Chieftainship

Chief’s Functions




Girls’ Puberty Rites And Women’s Observances

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

Title: Klamath ethnography

Published By: Original publisher Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press. 1930. x, 338 p. ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Leslie Spier

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1998. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Klamath (NR10)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Collecting (222); Mats and basketry (285); Normal garb (291); Boats (501); Kinship terminology (601); Shamans and psychotherapists (756);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document The first part of this monograph is a description of Klamath culture as Spier could reconstruct it from the accounts of the old people of the tribe. A great number of Klamath words are given throughout the descriptive part of the text. In the second part, Klamath culture is compared trait by trait with the surrounding cultures of the Great Basin, California and the Northwest Coast, and also with various other North American Indian groups. According to Spier, certain traits like the significance of wealth, importance of chiefs, slavery, and the dependence of social standing on the mother's bride price are not original to Klamath culture but have been accepted from the Northwest Coast and California Indian cultures not too long before the reservation period.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

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. nr10-001

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: Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-334) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1925, 1926

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-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Sigrid Khera ; Sarah Bridges ; 1970-1973

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1860-1900

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Klamath Indians


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