Societies of the Plains Indians

Societies of the Plains Indians

by Clark Wissler

NOOK BookDigitized from 1975 volume (eBook - Digitized from 1975 volume)

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
Want a NOOK ? Explore Now


Societies of the Plains Indians by Clark Wissler

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 Excerpt: ...lack the totemic system of the Ojibway, or at least no evidence that they had ever had such a system could be adduced. They were, however, divided into certain local bands, each of which had its chief. Niel Osauwustim declared that these bands were exogamous, but all the others consistently denied it, saying that young men usually preferred to pick their wives from the girls of another band, since they possessed the added charm of novelty, but there was no exogamous rule or custom, members of the immediate family only being barred from marriage with each other, first cousins excepted. Niel Osauwustim, Kenewuskwahum, and Jacob Bear, gave the following list of bands:--1. Omuskego, Swampy. Undoubtedly referring to the major division of the Cree who dwell in the forest, rather than one of the local bands. 2. Katepoisipi-wiinuuk, Calling River (Qu'Appelle) band. Supposed to have been the most important; also called Kagiciwuinuwuk, Loud Voices Band (or People) after their famous chief, if I understood correctly. Now called Kakiwistaihau-wiinuuk or "Fox's Band," after his son. 3. Wabuswaianuk, Rabbit Skins. 4. Mamakitce-wiinuuk, Big Gizzard People. 5. Paskokopa-wiinuflk, Willow People. 6. Nutimi-iniuuk, Poplar People. 7. Cipi-winiuuk, River People. 8. Saka-winiuuk, Bush People. 9. Masnipi-winiuuk, Painted or Pictured People. 10. "Little Dogs," Piapot's Band. 11. Asinskau-winiuuk, Stone People. 12. Tcipoaian-winiuuk, Chipewyan People. 13. Niopwatuk, Cree-Assiniboine. 14. Sakbwatsuk, Bush-Assiniboine. I could not understand, from what my informants said, whether the last three bands were actually Cree who had assumed or been given these nicknames because of their friendship for neighboring tribes, or bands of mixed ancestry.1 1 Lowic, this series...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940024544938
Publisher: New York : AMS Press
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews