George Bird Grinnell's The Cheyenne Indians, Vol. 2: War, Ceremonies, and Religion PDF

By George Bird Grinnell

ISBN-10: 0585346690

ISBN-13: 9780585346694

ISBN-10: 0803257724

ISBN-13: 9780803257726

The Cheyenne Indians: Their heritage and Their methods of existence is a vintage ethnography, initially released in 1928, that grew out of George fowl Grinnell's lengthy acquaintance with the Cheyennes. In quantity I he wrote in regards to the tribe's early background and migrations, customs, family lifestyles, social association, looking, amusements, and executive. quantity II seems at its warmaking and warrior societies, therapeutic practices and responses to eu ailments, non secular ideals and rituals, and legends and prophecies surrounding the tradition hero candy drugs. incorporated are appendixes on early Cheyenne village websites, the formation of the Quilling Society, and notes on Cheyenne songs.

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Pericardium) was used. This consisted of a straight pole, six feet long, forked at one end, nicely trimmed and seasoned. A bull's pericardium was softened, and was kept open by a hoop, which was tied with four strings close against the forks of the stick; the butt of the pole was sharpened, and when the implement was not in use was thrust in the ground. A young man without leggings or blanket would take this, run to the stream, dip up a bladder full of water, and run back to the war-lodge and offer water to the leaders.

He who had it must have been instructed in its making and use by someone who himself had been taught to make one. To carry one of these dippers was likely to bring a young man good fortune in war. " When the party had returned from the war-path to the camp, if they had killed any enemies, the owner of the dipper, at the dance which they held in celebration of the event, would sometimes go to the river, fill his dipper, and, returning, would pass it around to the members of the war-party. He who carried the dipper must be the first one to get up in the morning, to go and get water for his fellows.

Old Yellow Wolf (killed at Sand Creek in 1864) did not believe in this practice, and refused to follow it. He served himself. On the occasion in 1828 when Yellow Wolf took a great band of horses from the Comanches under Bull Hump, he told his young men that he did not wish to have the usual customs as to the leader observed with him on this trip. Neither would he carry the pipe. "These ceremonies," he said, "oblige us to avoid too many things. If we should fail to observe some law or some custom we might be obliged to turn back.

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