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By William C. Meadows
Analyzing where names, geographical wisdom, and cultural institutions of the Kiowa from the earliest recorded assets to the current, "Kiowa Ethnogeography" is the main in-depth examine of its style within the realm of Plains Indian tribal research. Linking geography to political and social alterations, William Meadows applies a chronological method that demonstrates a cultural evolution in the Kiowa group. Preserved in either linguistic and cartographic kinds, the strategies of position, fatherland, intertribal sharing of land, non secular perform, and different elements of Kiowa existence are clarified intimately. local non secular relationships to land (termed 'geosacred' by means of the writer) are conscientiously documented as well.Meadows additionally presents an research of the single recognized extant Kiowa map of Black Goose, its distinct pictographic position labels, and its courting to reservation-era land regulations. extra insurance of rivers, lakes, and armed forces forts makes this a remarkably complete and illuminating advisor.
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Throughout the mid-1800s, bands of Kiowa periodically traveled north to Montana to visit and trade with the Crow. Hunting, raiding, and revenge parties traversed vast regions of the Great Plains, the American Southwest, and Mexico, resulting in extensive knowledge of these areas. Kiowa elders state that the Kiowa had a great love of exploration and that many “war parties” were actually exploratory expeditions whose primary goal was to find out what was “over there,” rather than solely a quest for scalps or horses.
2 Similarly, the South Platte was known as the Fat River to many groups, in reference to the multitude of bison in this area. These similarities were in large part due to the practice of intertribal sharing of regional territories. The more important a place is in the culture and geography of a group, the more significant, more well known, and more likely to be formally named it tends to be. INTERTRIBAL LAND SHARING The concept of intertribal sharing of land is essential to understanding the political, social, and economic activities of historic Plains Indians.
Afable and Beeler (1997) provide the most recent and comprehensive overview of Native American place name literature. In their contribution to the Smithsonian’s Handbook of North American Indians, they discuss place name classifications (descriptive, locational, names referring to human activities at a site, names referring to history, mythology, or folklore, and other miscellaneous forms); the linguistic forms of place names (grammatical and lexical basis); and sources, both early and modern. Their work highlights some of the major concerns associated with the accuracy of written accounts.
Kiowa Ethnogeography by William C. Meadows