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The Mystic Warriors of the Plains: The Culture,Arts,Crafts and Religion of the Plains Indians

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The Mystic Warriors of the Plains offers readers an extraordinarily detailed view of the daily activities of the peoples of the North American plains, including the Sioux, Cheyenne, Pawnee, Nez Perce, Comanche, and many others. Used by Kevin Costner as a resource text for the motion picture Dances with Wolves, this is an extraordinarily in-depth examination of the day-to-day lives of the North American plains Indians, with over one thousand illustrations and thirty-two four-color plates. Covering everything from ...

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Overview

The Mystic Warriors of the Plains offers readers an extraordinarily detailed view of the daily activities of the peoples of the North American plains, including the Sioux, Cheyenne, Pawnee, Nez Perce, Comanche, and many others. Used by Kevin Costner as a resource text for the motion picture Dances with Wolves, this is an extraordinarily in-depth examination of the day-to-day lives of the North American plains Indians, with over one thousand illustrations and thirty-two four-color plates. Covering everything from social customs, personal qualities, and government to types of weaponry, achievement marks, and the training of Indian boys, The Mystic Warriors of the Plains is a comprehensive encyclopedia of Plains Indian lore that will delight and inform everyone interested in understanding the native peoples of the Plains. "Magnificently and accurately ... conveys both the tragic ironies and splendors of the rich plains civilization." —Newsweek "Fascinating detail that gives a better idea of the plains people than mere description can do...."—Navajo Times

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  • ISBN-13: 9781569245385
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/12/2002
  • Series: Mails, Thomas E.
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Chapter 1 Origin, Distribution, and Nature of the People of the Plains 1
Chapter 2 Manner of Daily Life 17
Chapter 3 Social Customs 36
Chapter 4 Personal Qualities 68
Chapter 5 Form of Government 77
Chapter 6 Religion--Supernatural Beliefs 87
Chapter 7 Religion--the Practices of Medicine 107
Chapter 8 Religion--Visions and Personal Power 129
Chapter 9 Religion--Purification 152
Chapter 10 Religion--Thanksgiving 158
Chapter 11 Religion--Death and the Life After 176
Chapter 12 The Buffalo and the Horse 187
Chapter 13 An Overview of Arts and Crafts 244
Chapter 14 Painting 261
Chapter 15 Quillwork and Beadwork 283
Chapter 16 Achievement Marks 294
Chapter 17 Clothing 324
Chapter 18 Hair Styles, Jewelry, and Headdresses 357
Chapter 19 Bows, Arrows and Quivers 397
Chapter 20 Lances, Knives, Clubs, Hatchets, and Guns 442
Chapter 21 Shields 486
Chapter 22 The Birth and Training of the Boy 510
Chapter 23 The Mature Warrior on the Field of Action 550
Chapter 24 The Redistribution and Decline of the People of the Plains 579
Afterword 593
Notes 595
Specific Sources 601
Bibliography 603
Index 609
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