Creek Religion and Medicine

Creek Religion and Medicine

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Creek Religion and Medicine by James T. Carson, John R. Swanton

Weaving together a wide array of historical sources with oral accounts gathered from fieldwork, this classic study provides a valuable overview of traditional Creek (Muskogee) religion and medicine. John R. Swanton visited the Creek Nation in the early twentieth century and learned about many important aspects of Creek religious life and medicine. Subjects covered in this book include Creek conceptions of the cosmos; religious stories; death and the afterlife; spiritual forces and beings; various rituals, including the Busk ceremony; prohibitions; the power and skills of different religious practitioners; the cultural force of witchcraft; and herbal and spiritual remedies. Many of these beliefs and practices have been present throughout Creek history and persist today. Creek Religion and Medicine showcases the vibrant culture of an enduring southeastern Native people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803292741
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 06/28/2000
Edition description: 1ST BISON
Pages: 213
Sales rank: 907,071
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)

About the Author

John R. Swanton (1873-1958) was a seminal figure in the study of southeastern Native peoples, with more than thirty books to his credit. James Taylor Carson is an assistant professor of history at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and the author of Searching for the Bright Path: The Mississippi Choctaws from Prehistory to Removal (Nebraska 1999).

Table of Contents

General remarks477
The cosmos477
The supernatural beings481
The fate of souls510
Miscellaneous beliefs515
Music and dancing521
Miscellaneous ceremonies534
Ceremony of the asi538
Minor ceremonies connected with the square grounds544
The great annual ceremony or busk546
Shamanism and medicine614
General remarks614
The "knowers"615
The "fasters" or doctors617
Methods of practicing622
Weather controllers629
Diseases and remedies636
General remarks636
Creek medicines639
Alabama medicines663
Natchez medicines667
Supplementary note670
8.The Creek Busk: The Women's dance
9.The Creek Busk: Women's dance at the Okchai Busk in 1912
10.The Okchai Busk. a. Box for tobacco, medicine, and drum in the Chiefs' Bed. b. Rite of the emetic
11.Taking the emetic at Okchai
12.The Creek Busk. a and b. The Tcitahaia or "Feather dance." c. The Square Ground just after the fasters have left to bathe in a neighboring creek
13.The Creek and Natchez Indians. a. Drum. b. Ceremonial ground near Braggs, Okla., used by the Natchez, Creek, and Cherokee Indians. c. Home of the Kila or Prophet Yahola
Text Figure
10S.Arrangement of ears of corn on the fire sticks at the Chiaha busk

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