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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Voth, Henry R., 1855-1831
The Oraibi Marau ceremony
Published By: Original publisher
Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History. 1912. 88 p.,
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Heinrich R. Voth
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Decorative art (531);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Special garments (292);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a detailed, day by day account of the Marau
ceremony in the village of Oraibi. The ceremony takes place every alternate year, once in
January and once in September. Each is described separately, though they are essentially
the same (p. 12). The description is based on partial observations of the event on a number
o foccasions between 1897 and 1903. Since the ceremnoy goes on 24 hours a day for nione
days, Voth never witnessed all of it at once. The Marau Society is one of the “women's
fraternities” in Oraibi. The ceremony serves partially to initiate new members, but it has
other functions which include inducing agricultural and human fertility and assuring rain.
Unfortunately, Voth never discusses the purposes or significance of the
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
1897, 1901, 1903
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
Missionary - 5
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Martin Malone ; 1975
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Oraibi Pueblo, northeastern Arizona, United
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings