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The Native American Sun Dance Religion and Ceremony: An Annotated Bibliography

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The best known and most dramatic of North American Indian ceremonies, the Sun Dance ceremony and religion is an important part of both Native American and American history. Performed by the Plains Indians, including the Sioux, Dakota, Cheyenne, and others, the dance involves fixed gazing at the sun while dancing, blowing of eagle bone whistles, fasting, and sometimes, self-torture. Although outlawed by the U.S. government in 1904, it is still practiced by some Plains Indians today. This bibliography provides the ...

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The best known and most dramatic of North American Indian ceremonies, the Sun Dance ceremony and religion is an important part of both Native American and American history. Performed by the Plains Indians, including the Sioux, Dakota, Cheyenne, and others, the dance involves fixed gazing at the sun while dancing, blowing of eagle bone whistles, fasting, and sometimes, self-torture. Although outlawed by the U.S. government in 1904, it is still practiced by some Plains Indians today. This bibliography provides the first comprehensive, organized listing of sources on the Sun Dance.

An invaluable tool for researchers of the Sun Dance, the book includes English-language books, book chapters, journal articles, dissertations and theses, and government reports. Arranged by tribe, the entries include detailed annotations, enabling researchers and librarians to locate and evaluate materials of all kinds.

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Each of 335 entries present publishing information and a brief synopsis of material related to the Sun Dance ceremony of the buffalo-hunting tribal groups of the Great Plains region of the United States and Canada, including the Arapaho, Arikara, Assiniboine, Blackfleet, Blood, Cheyenne, Comanche, Crow, Eastern Dakota, Gros Ventre, Hidatsa, Kiowa, Lakota, Mandan, Ponca, Plains Cree, Plains Ojibway, Sarsi, Shoshone, and Ute. A brief introduction explaining the significance of the Sun Dance is included. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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PHILLIP M. WHITE is a reference librarian and bibliographer for American Indian Studies at the University Library, San Diego State University. He is the author of American Indian Studies: A Bibliographic Guide (1995) and Bibliography of the Indians of San Diego County: The Kumeyaay, Diegueno, Luiseno, and Cupeno (1997). He is part Cherokee and part Lumbee Indian.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Bibliography

Name Index

Subject Index

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