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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Birket-Smith, Kaj, 1893-1977
De Laguna, Frederica, 1906-2004
The Eyak Indians of the Copper River Delta, Alaska
Published By: Original publisher
København: Levin & Munksgaard, E. Munksgaard. 1938. 592 p. ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by Kaj Birket-Smith and Frederica De Laguna
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2020. 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
Historical reconstruction (174);
Community structure (621);
Inter-community relations (628);
Inter-ethnic relations (629);
Linguistic identification (197);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Gift giving (431);
Comparative evidence (171);
Water transport (505);
Hunting and trapping (224);
Topography and geology (133);
Building interiors and arrangement (353);
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This book draws on rich archeological data and oral information to reconstruct the history and culture of the Eyak. Topics examined include the territorial scope of their historical homeland, the specific locations of some of the major villages mentioned in the stories of informants, and a comparative analysis of house types, burial sites, hunting tools, and related material culture. Also discussed are the Eyak peoples’ historical relationship to neighboring groups, with particular focus on the regionally-dominant Tlingit and other “Eskimo” communities. The authors analyze features of Eyak mythology and social organization that reflect ethnic and linguistic ties to the Tlingit and other non-Athapaskan groups; for example, how the division of Eyak society into two moieties indicates Tlingit influence. A considerable portion of the text is devoted to a wide-ranging comparison traits, mainly showing ties to Northwest Coast cultures.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
At head of title: Det Kgl. danske videnskabernes selskab.
"Published with the support of the grants from the Rask-Ørsted Foundation and the Penrose Fund of the American Philosophical Society." Includes bibliographical references (p. 573-591)
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
1930, 1933, 1935
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
Anthropologist, Archaeologist/Ethnologist - 4, 5
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Teferi Abate Adem
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)
Cordova and Copper River delta area, Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Eyak Indians//Indians of North America--Alaska//Copper River Region (Alaska)