The Kaska Indians: An Ethnographic Reconstruction

The Kaska Indians: An Ethnographic Reconstruction

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Author: Honigmann, John Joseph (1914-1977)

Year: 1954

Publisher: Yale University Press

Place: New Haven


163pp with 4 figures. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7") issued in brown wrappers with black lettering to spine. Yale University Publications in Anthropology Number 51. 1st edition.

This monograph is intended primarily to describe th aborignal and time-of-contact lifeways of the Kaska Indians of Northern British Columbia and southern Youkon Territory, Canada. Honigmann's principal object has been to add to present knowledge concerning the Northern Athapaskan Indians. As far as the organization of the material is concerned, the cultural data follow the introduction, which includes a description of the enviornment, tribal distribution and nomenclature, population data, a sketch of psychological types, and an index of principal informants. The description of aboriginal Kaska culture is divided into five main sections covering, respectively, data pertaining to the food quest, camp life and some associated activities, social organization, ideological system, and the life cycle. These main divisions are in turn futher broken down. For many of the dress patterns, implements and behaviors, alternatives are indicated. Information has been obtained primarily from the Upper Liard and Dease River Kaska.


Corners bumped, spine and edges sunned. A very good copy.

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