Sundancing: The Great Sioux Piercing Ritual
To the Plains Indians, the Sun Dance has traditionally been a profound religious ceremony, the highest form of worship of the Most Holy One. Thomas E. Mails was invited to attend and record in detail the Sioux Sun Dances at Rosebud and Pine Ridge. This was a singular honor no white man has been accorded before or since. The result is this groundbreaking work, illustrated with rare photographs and stunning four-color paintings.
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THE VOW AND THE SUN DANCE PLEDGERS OF 1974
THE VISION QUEST
JESSE WHITE LANCE AND THE SUN DANCE OF AUGUST 1956
PREPARATIONS FOR THE SUN DANCE OF 1974
PREPARATIONS FOR THE SUN DANCE OF 1975
THE SACRED TREE OF 1974
THE SUN DANCE COSTUME AND BODY PAINT
SUN GAZING AND DANCING
THE ROSEBUD SUN DANCE OF JULY 36 1975
THE PINE RIDGE SUN DANCE
POSTLUDE TO THE SUN DANCE
Almighty altar Black Elk Blackfeather Brule buffalo skull Bushotter camp circuit cloth color dancers Delbert Densmore Dorsey Eagle Feather earth east feet flags flesh offerings Fools Crow Frances Densmore Frank Fools Crow George Eagle Elk ground healing ceremony held hole holy horse Indian Intercessor Jesse White July Keeper leader live lodge male pledgers medicine medicine men moved Mystery Circle non-Indian Oglala Old Man Four painted participants Peace Pipe pierced Pine Ridge Pine Ridge Reservation pipe rack pledgers facing pledgers rested prayed prayers Preparations Tipi pulled rawhide red power religion rocks ropes Rosebud Reservation Sacred Pipe sacred pole Sacred Tree sage side singers skewer skin smoke songs South Dakota spectators Spirit stick Sun Dance Sun Pole sweatlodge sweet grass Teton Sioux things tied Titus Titus Smith touch the Tree tribe vision quest Wakan-Tanka whistles White women Yuwipi
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