Sioux: Life and Customs of a Warrior Society

Sioux: Life and Customs of a Warrior Society

by Royal B. Hassrick, Dorothy Maxwell, Cile M. Bach
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0806121408

ISBN-13: 9780806121406

Pub. Date: 09/28/1988

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

For many people the Sioux, as warriors and as buffalo hunters, have become the symbol of all that is Indian colorful figures endowed with great fortitude and powerful vision. They were the heroes of the Great Plains, and they were the villains, too.

Royal B. Hassrick here attempts to describe the ways of the people, the patterns of their behavior, and the

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For many people the Sioux, as warriors and as buffalo hunters, have become the symbol of all that is Indian colorful figures endowed with great fortitude and powerful vision. They were the heroes of the Great Plains, and they were the villains, too.

Royal B. Hassrick here attempts to describe the ways of the people, the patterns of their behavior, and the concepts of their imagination. Uniquely, he has approached the subject from the Sioux's own point of view, giving their own interpretation of their world in the era of its greatest vigor and renown –the brief span of years from about 1830 to 1870.

In addition to printed sources, the author has drawn from the observation and records of a number of Sioux who were still living when this book was projected, and were anxious to serve as links to the vanished world of their forebears.

Because it is true that men become in great measure what they think and want themselves to be, it is important to gain this insight into Sioux thought of a century ago. Apparently, the most significant theme in their universe was that man was a minute but integral part of that universe. The dual themes of self-expression and self-denial reached through their lives, helping to explain their utter defeat soon after the Battle of the Little Big Horn. When the opportunity to resolve the conflict with the white man in their own way was lost, their very reason for living was lost, too.

There are chapters on the family and the sexes, fun, the scheme of war, production, the structure of the nation, the way to status, and other aspects of Sioux life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806121406
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
09/28/1988
Series:
Civilization of the American Indian Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
374
Sales rank:
716,331
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.02(h) x 1.12(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Part 1Rank and Order
Chapter 1The Structure of the Nation3
Chapter 2Morals, Modes, and Manners32
Part 2The Warrior
Chapter 3Ethnocentrism61
Chapter 4The Scheme of War76
Part 3Familiarity and Respect
Chapter 5The Family107
Chapter 6The Sexes121
Chapter 7Fun143
Part 4The Predators
Chapter 8Nomadism171
Chapter 9The Predators188
Chapter 10Production209
Part 5Self-Sacrifice
Chapter 11The Universe and the Controllers245
Chapter 12The Vision Quest266
Chapter 13The Way to Status296
Chapter 14The Individual and the Sioux Way310
Chapter 15Epilogue339
Appendix AIron Shell's Winter Count346
Appendix BFamilial Terms and Their Use352
Bibliography354
Index361

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