Yellowtail, Crow Medicine Man and Sun Dance Chief: An Autobiography

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 270 pages

Medicine man and Sun Dance chief Thomas Yellowtail is a pivotal figure in Crow tribal life. As a youth he lived in the presence of old warriors, hunters, and medicine men who knew the freedom and sacred ways of pre-reservation life. As the principal figure in the Crow-Shoshone Sun Dance religion, Yellowtail has preserved traditional values in the face of the constantly encroaching, diametrically opposed values of materialistic modern socity. Through his life story and description of the Sun Dance religion we can reexamine the premises and orientations of both cultures.

 

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Contents

Yellowtail Begins in Prayer
3
Early Years and Traditional Values
6
Medicine Rock Chief
12
Early Reservation Life
21
Working Days
29
Hunting Stories
37
Travels Near and Far
50
Rainbow
54
The Sacred Pipe and Daily Prayer
123
Monthly Prayer Meetings
129
Outdoor Ceremonies
136
Lodge Preparation
144
The ThreeDay Rite Begins
158
Conclusion of the Sun Dance
168
Attitudes and Sincerity
177
Part Three Conclusions
185

Indian Medicine
69
Chief PentyCoups
80
Chief Two Leggings
86
Thomas Yellowtail giving the sunrise prayer
92
Part Two The Sun Dance Religion
99
Acbadadea the Maker of All Things Above
101
Sweat Lodge
106
Vision Quest
115
Loss of Our Traditional Values
187
Make Your Choice
194
Historical Overview of the Absaroke
203
Notes
211
Suggested Readings
237
Index
240
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