Drinking and Sobriety Among the Lakota Sioux

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Rowman Altamira, 2007 - Self-Help - 155 pages
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Whereprevious studies have focused primarily upon drinking styles among Indian populations, Beatrice Medicine develops an indigenous model for the analysis of alcohol abuse, promoting a tribal-specific approach to addiction. This new ethnography of the Lakota examines patterns of alcohol consumption and strategies by individuals to achieve sobriety. Her book is essential for medical anthropologists and health professionals concerned with Native American health issues and alcohol abuse.
  

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Contents

All Indians Are Drunks A Pervasive Myth
11
Uncorking the Keg Beginnings of Alcohol Use among American Indians
21
The Recent Past Minnewakan Magic WaterAlcohol and the Lakota Bands
33
A Siouan Social System Standing Rock Reservation
47
Everyone Drinks Drinking Behavior among Contemporary Lakota Sioux Indians
53
American Indian Sobriety An Uncharted Domain
77
Religious Renaissance and the Control of Alcohol The Lakota Sun Dance
95
Siouan Sobriety Patterns I Was a Better Drunk Than You Were
105
I Got Tired of Drinking Interpretations of Intents and Continuities of Siouan Sober States
119
Summary and Conclusions Theres a Lot to Drinking
127
References
131
Index
145
About the Author
153
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About the author (2007)

Beatrice Medicine was a teacher and anthropologist, who taught at the California State University at Northridge as well as over thirty universities throughout the United States and Canada. She was descended from the Sihasapa and Minneconjou bands of the Lakota Nation.

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