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A temporal classification of folklore of the Okanagan Indians Flynn, Francis Robert John

Abstract

The Okanagan Indians classify their folklore into three states: (1) animals only in the area (2) animals and humans living harmoniously (3) animals and humans hunt and kill each other. Word counts were done on 55 stories and distance and other coefficients were calculated between pairs of stories. Cluster analyzes on the matrix of distances attempted to determine if the classifications could be arrived at methodologically. Analyzes used were Factor Analysis, Smallest Space Analysis, and Hierarchical Clustering. Results were mixed, and some techniques of Hierarchical Clustering separated the stories into the three categories.

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