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“Land of Nakoda” is a vivid account of the history, legends, customs, crafts, and ceremonies of the Assiniboine Indians of the northern plains. First published in 1942, it was written and illustrated by tribal members who interviewed the Old Ones, the tribal elders, in their native language. Many of the stories predate Lewis and Clark and were passed down through a dynamic oral tradition. Using clear and precise writing, “Land of Nakoda” accurately describes tribal legends, daily life, lodging, food, courtship and marriage, children’s games, buffalo hunting, tools and weapons, religious ceremonies and secret societies, medicine men and spirits, and the coming of the white men. It features 84 original illustrations, and a list of Assiniboine bands, and biographies of the author, the illustrator, and the Old Ones who told the stories.

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ISBN-13: 9781931832359
Publisher: Riverbend Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Series: Western History Classics Series
Pages: 229
Sales rank: 705,814
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

From Earliest Times to the Present3
Part ITribal Legends
How the Summer Season Came10
Moon Calendar13
Power of the Peace Pipe17
Part IITribal Life
The Tribe24
Camp Moving29
Courtship and Marriage37
Crazy Dog Stories51
War Parties55
Dances and Social Gatherings65
Part IIILodges, Food and Games
Buffalo--Staff of Life74
Fire Making86
The Old Woman Who Tricked Her Captors94
Lodges, Clothing and Ornaments96
Stone and Bone Articles104
Part IVHunting
Bow and Arrows112
The Tribal Hunt116
Traps and Snares123
The Chase126
Story of Fast Runner133
Hunting Deer136
Part VCeremonies and Societies
Social and Secret Organizations140
Women's Dances143
The Grass Dance147
Medicine Lodge Dance169
Part VIMedicine Men and Spirits
Men With Magic176
Death and the Spirit Bundle183
The Spirit World187
Journey of the Spirit190
Part VIIComing of the White Men
The Ones Who Paddle a Canoe194
Lone White Man198
Meeting With the Sioux201
Treaties and Reservation Life204
Part VIIIAppendices
The Author213
The Illustrator217
The Old Ones Who Told the Stories221
Assiniboine Bands225
Pronunciation Key226
Pronunciation Guide for Months and Seasons227
Reading List228

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