Sundancing: The Great Sioux Piercing Ceremony

Overview

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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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Navajo Times
"His combination of engrossing text and fascinating pictures makes this one of the most valuable books on Indian life ever to be published."
Newsweek
"Magnificently and accurately conveys both the tragic ironies and the splendors of the rich Plains civilization."
University of New Mexico Press
"Sympathetic, respectful and appreciative ... a major attempt to present the Indians' own view of their lifestyle."
Booknews
An account of the practice of the Sioux Sun Dance, to which the author was invited as an observer in 1974 and 1975. The accounts of the history and practice of the ritual, by Mails and by participant Eagle Feather, are illustrated by many b&w photographs--some historical but mostly by the author--as well as the author's detailed b&w drawings and color paintings. The book closes with a sequence of 342 photographs tracing the progression of the entire ritual. 9.5X9.5". Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641556913
  • Publisher: Council Oak Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1324
  • Product dimensions: 9.72 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Prelude to the Sun Dance: Where the Past Still Lives in the Present 1
2 Terminology and Sources 13
3 Sioux History: Tetons, Oglalas, Brules 23
4 The Vow and the Sun Dance Pledgers of 1974 37
5 The Vision Quest 49
6 Jesse White Lance and the Sun Dance of August 1956 57
7 Preparations for the Sun Dance of 1974 63
8 Preparations for the Sun Dance of 1975 79
9 The Sweatlodge and the Sacred Bite of Purification 85
10 The Mystery Circle and the Sacred Pipe 95
11 The Mystery Circle Altar 101
12 The Preparations Tipi 105
13 The Sacred Tree of 1974 109
14 The Sun Dance Costume and Body Paint 121
15 Sun Gazing and Dancing 129
16 The Rosebud Sun Dance of July 5-6, 1975 147
17 The Pine Ridge Sun Dance 169
18 Postlude to the Sun Dance 191
Notes 198
Bibliography 200
Photographs 203
Index 335
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