The Old North Trail: Life, Legends, and Religion of the Blackfeet Indians

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This book records McClintock's experiences among the Blackfeet. Describing daily life, hunts, and ceremonies, it is enriched by vignettes of warriors and medicine men, legends and mythical stories, reminiscences of the missionary Father De Smet, and valuable information on such subjects as societies, proper names, songs, and beliefs.
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Overview

This book records McClintock's experiences among the Blackfeet. Describing daily life, hunts, and ceremonies, it is enriched by vignettes of warriors and medicine men, legends and mythical stories, reminiscences of the missionary Father De Smet, and valuable information on such subjects as societies, proper names, songs, and beliefs.
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Editorial Reviews

Natural History

“An intriguing . . . mixture of stories, legends, and descriptions of religious rituals, all woven into [McClintock’s] own personal account of his life with the Blackfeet. He tells of being inducted into the tribe, participating in family ceremonies, and living with his adoptive family. . . . Other times McClintock takes a serious anthropological approach as he describes the social customs of the tribe, including many of their songs, and catalogs the names, uses, and preparations of various herbs and medicinal plants. [The Old North Trail] has much more personal detail about Blackfoot daily life than can be found in any other sources from that period.”—Natural History
Journal of the West

“A valuable reference on Blackfeet customs and mythology.”—Journal of the West
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803282582
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 539
  • Sales rank: 980,134
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.11 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author


William Farr is the associate director for the Humanities and Culture Center of the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana and the author of The Reservation Blackfeet, 1885–1945.
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Table of Contents

Ch. I My Introduction to the Blackfeet 6
Ch. II My Adoption by Mad Wolf 26
Ch. III Hunting in the Rocky Mountains 36
Ch. IV A Rocky Mountain Blizzard 58
Ch. V Mad Wolf Gives the Beaver Medicine Ceremonial 76
Ch. VI Legend of the Beaver Medicine 103
Ch. VII My Rocky Mountain Goat Hunt 113
Ch. VIII Winter on the Plains 125
Ch. IX Ghost Stories 139
Ch. X Reminiscences of Father De Smet 154
Ch. XI Sun Worship 167
Ch. XII Beginning of the Sun-Dance 178
Ch. XIII Marriage Customs 184
Ch. XIV Forming the Sun-Dance Camp 192
Ch. XV Painted Tipis 207
Ch. XVI The Sun-Dance Camp 225
Ch. XVII Evening Scenes in the Camp 240
Ch. XVIII An Initiation Into the Medicine Pipe Society 251
Ch. XIX Ceremonial Transferring the Medicine Pipe 262
Ch. XX Dance of the Kisapa Society 271
Ch. XXI Ceremonial of the Sun-Dance 284
Ch. XXII Raising the Centre Pole 302
Ch. XXIII Inside the Sun-Lodge 312
Ch. XXIV Along the Old North Trail 325
Ch. XXV Spotted Eagle's Mythical Stories of Old Man 335
Ch. XXVI Onesta and the Bear Spear 352
Ch. XXVII Camp of the Bloods 368
Ch. XXVIII Camp of Brings-Down-The-Sun 383
Ch. XXIX Proper Names 395
Ch. XXX Onesta Gives the Crow Beaver Ceremonial 406
Ch. XXXI The Rival Leaders 414
Ch. XXXII Events in the Life of Brings-Down-The-Sun 427
Ch. XXXIII The Old North Trail 434
Ch. XXXIV Blackfeet Societies 441
Ch. XXXV The Mutsaix (Society of Brave Dogs) 455
Ch. XXXVI Legends of the Friendly Medicine Grizzly and the Friendly Medicine Wolf 466
Ch. XXXVII Brings-Down-The-Sun Talks About Birds and the Stars 479
Ch. XXXVIII Legend of Poia, the Christ Story of the Blackfeet 491
Ch. XXXIX The Present Condition and Future Prospects of the Blackfeet 506
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