Peyote Religion: A History

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1987 - Religion - 454 pages
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In this definitive work-a product of more than half a century of research and close observation-the noted anthropologist Omer C. Stewart provides a sweeping reconstruction of the rise of peyotism and the Native American Church. Although it is commonly known that the modern peyote religion became formalized around 1880 in western Oklahoma, it had roots in precontact American Indian ritual. Today it is practiced by thousands upon thousands of American Indians throughout the West.

Long a subject of controversy, peyotism has become a unifying influence in Indian life, providing the basis for ceremonies, friendships, social gatherings, travel, marriage, and much more. As Stewart demonstrates, it has been a source of comfort and healing and a means of expression for a troubled people.

  

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Contents

The Plant
3
Peyote Eaters and Their Ceremonies
17
The Nineteenth Century
45
The KiowaComanche Agency Locus of Peyotism
68
The Spread of Peyote in Indian Territory
97
Early Efforts to Suppress Peyote
128
The Spread of Peyotism Beyond Oklahoma
148
Efforts to Pass a Federal Law
213
The Development of Peyotism in the Far West
265
Chapterll TheNavajo
293
Chapterl2 Recent Developments
319
A Peyote Ritual
339
B Program of the Native American Church State Convention
376
Bibliography
389
Indexes
437
Copyright

An International Church and the Further Spread
239

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About the author (1987)

Omer C. Stewart received the Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, as a student of A. L. Kroeber, Robert H. Lowie, and Carl Sauer. No non-Indian knew the Native American Church and its history better than he.

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