Sweet Medicine: The Continuing Role of the Sacred Arrows, the Sun Dance, and the Sacred Buffalo Hat in Northern Cheyenne History, Volume 1

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1998 - Social Science - 935 pages
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Sweet Medicine is the most comprehensive record ever made of the ceremonies of the Northern Cheyennes. Volume One recounts tribal history against the background of the two great spiritual tragedies in Cheyenne life, the loss of the Sacred Arrows and the desecration of the Sacred Buffalo Hat. Volume Two records the contemporary Sacred Arrow and Sun Dance ceremonies in their entirety. Father Peter J. Powell, who has observed and participated in the rites many times, was given special permission by the Keepers of the Two Great Covenants, the Chiefs, the Headmen, and the Priests to record them in words and photographs.

 

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Contents

Before We Came to the Buffalo
18
The Whole Camp Was Crying
31
The Two Great Mysteries of the Cheyennes
35
Two Arrow Keepers Are Dead
42
PORTRAITS
59
Porcupine
65
Issiwun Is Mutilated
70
Is siwuns Tipi When Wounded Eye Was Keeper
80
Coal Bears People 18831896
289
The Sun Dance is Forbidden 1897
299
Earliest Known Photograph following page
303
White Men in Issiwun s Tipi 1930
306
Erecting the Sacred Hat Lodge
314
Wounded Eye ca 19011920
321
Standing Against the Thunder 1909
331
Fighting for the Sun Dance 19071934
338

The End of Southern Cheyenne Freedom
83
Issiwun Is Renewed
89
Buffalo Calf Road Rescues Her Brother following page
105
The Fight with Long Hair
109
Yellow Nose Counts Coup with His Captured Guidon
116
Blood on Issiwun s Lodge
123
Three Fingers Campaign
143
Box Elders Warning
151
Attacking Morning Stars Camp
160
THE SACRED BUFFALO
168
The Fight at Belly Butte
170
Before Surrender
181
To the South Then Home Again
194
Morning Stars Surrender
215
Morning Stars People Are Killed
241
Issiwun Comes North
278
Part II
287
White Men in Issiwuns Tipi ca 19201930
356
Sacrificing in the Hills 1947
366
The Fast June 1951
374
Coal Bears Family Guards Issiwun Again 19341958
382
The Sacred Arrows Come North 19561957
390
Issiwun is Opened July 1959
397
Power for New Days
412
Maheo and the Sacred Powers
433
Like the Morning Star
442
Frank Waters and the Contents of the Chiefs Bundle 1959
457
Sweet Medicine the Prophet
460
Erect Horns Bringer of Issiwun
467
pages
523
PreparationsFirst Daythe Ceremonial Lodge 5233
544
The Sun Dance
573
First Daythe Lone Tipi 66774
626
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About the author (1998)

Father Peter J. Powell was founder and first director of St. Augustine's Center for American Indians, Chicago. He is also the author of the two-volume People of the Sacred Mountain . He is an Honorary Chief of the Northern Cheyenne People. Since 1972 he has been a Research Associate of The D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

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