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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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The author focuses on the ceremonies of the Northern Cheyenne, including meticulous step-by-step coverage of the famous Sun Dance ceremony and other ceremonies central to Cheyenne theology. The first volume covers important events in the tribe's history from 1830 to 1965. The second volume provides an outline of Cheyenne sacred traditions and descriptions of the Sacred Arrow Ceremonies and the Sun Dance. Both volumes contain b&w photographs from the 1800s, color illustrations, and b&w drawings. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806130286
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Series: Civilization of the American Indian Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 935
  • Sales rank: 1,377,709
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 2.88 (d)

Meet the Author

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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