Physical description

xv-xvii; 624P.; plates; appendices; bib.; indes; tables; figs.; maps; 25 cm.


The book's range is encyclopedic and engrossing. It encompasses relations between and among individuals and clan groups, land tenure, kinship, the subsistence economy, trade, ceremony, councils, fighting and warfare, rites of passage from conception to death , myths, beliefs and practices concerning healing and the supernatural. Not least it is a record of the dramatic changes following European colonization.