Sundancing: The Great Sioux Piercing Ritual

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Council Oak Books, 1978 - Social Science - 338 pages
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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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Contents

PRELUDE TO THE SUN DANCE WHERE THE PAST STILL LIVES IN THE PRESENT
1
TERMINOLOGY AND SOURCES
13
SIOUX HISTORY TETONS OGLALAS BRULES
23
THE VOW AND THE SUN DANCE PLEDGERS OF 1974
37
THE VISION QUEST
49
JESSE WHITE LANCE AND THE SUN DANCE OF AUGUST 1956
57
PREPARATIONS FOR THE SUN DANCE OF 1974
63
PREPARATIONS FOR THE SUN DANCE OF 1975
79
THE SACRED TREE OF 1974
109
THE SUN DANCE COSTUME AND BODY PAINT
121
SUN GAZING AND DANCING
129
THE ROSEBUD SUN DANCE OF JULY 36 1975
147
THE PINE RIDGE SUN DANCE
169
POSTLUDE TO THE SUN DANCE
191
Notes
198
Bibliography
200

THE SWEATLODGE AND THE SACRED RITE OF PURIFICATION
85
THE MYSTERY CIRCLE AND THE SACRED PIPE
95
THE MYSTERY CIRCLE ALTAR
101
THE PREPARATIONS TIPT
105
Photographs
203
Index
343
Copyright

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About the author (1978)

Thomas E. Mails is also the author of "Mystic Warriors of the Plains" (1972) and "Sun Dancing at Pine Ridge and Rosebud" (1978). His art has been exhibited throughout the West.

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