Culture Profile consists of three parts:
a file description
a file table of contents with links to full-text documents
a cultural summary
File Description - Click to see image
File Description contains information about the types of
documents, number of documents, number of pages, and information
(if any) about the microfiche file for each culture.
Further, the File Description gives a more specific
description of the geographical location of the culture.
For example, the File Description for the Blackfoot locates
the culture in “northern Montana” of the United States (fig.
Table of Contents (File TOC)
File TOC - Click to see image
File Table of Contents lists the full-text documents
available for each culture, such as books, dissertations, journal
articles, and monographs. The
number of documents varies greatly from culture to culture,
usually as a function of the amount of ethnographic study
of the documents listed for a given culture are ethnographies.
As a whole, the culture profile aims to describe most aspects
of social and cultural life for a culture or ethnic group, as well
as provide descriptions of the culture at various points in time.
documents in eHRAF refer only to one specific culture.
Thus, you will not find any documents about “the
mythology of North American Indians” because they refer to
multiple culture groups. You
can, however, find documents specifically referring to Blackfoot
mythology, such as The Sun God’s Children.
The Cultural Summary is useful if you want a quick overview of
To facilitate comparison, all of the cultural summaries
note that the Cultural Summary cannot be searched in Text Search
and is not indexed with OCM
Subject Codes (which we will encounter later on).
Evaluation and Indexing Notes
the end of the Cultural Summary is the File Evaluation, writted by
the HRAF analyst. It
may help provide some guidance about subjects and time periods
Indexing Notes section is the final entry in the Cultural Summary
and contains translations and explanations of words and terms from
the culture’s documents with references to the corresponding OCM
OCM Subject Codes