Cooper, John M. (John Montgomery), 1881-1949. The Gros Ventres of Montana: part 2, Religion and ritual

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Title: The Gros Ventres of Montana: part 2, Religion and ritual

Published By: Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1957. x, 491 p.: ill.

By line: J.M. Cooper ; edited by Regina Flannery

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Gros Ventre (NQ13)

Subjects: Spirits and gods (776); Eschatology (775); Priesthood (793); Organized ceremonial (796); Recreational and non-therapeutic drugs (276); Sacred objects and places (778); Magic (789); Medical therapy (757); Magical and mental therapy (755); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Ethnopsychology (828); Literary texts (539); Mythology (773);

Abstract: This work is a posthumously published manuscript of Cooper's, based on original field notes, with some additions and minor editing by Regina Flannery. Various aspects of the religious system of the Gros Ventre are covered, beginning with a description of the supernatural beings. The Flat Pipe and Feathered Pipe Rituals are described in great detail, as are less important religious observances. A discussion is also given of curing practices and various private rites. An appendix contains the texts of a number of myths, tales, and traditions. The author was a professor of anthropology at Catholic University at the time of his death.

Document Number: 3

Document ID: nq13-003

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1938-1948

Evaluation: Ethnologists-5

Analyst: James R. Leary; 1961: John Beierle; 2011

Coverage Date: 1835-1907

Coverage Place: Northern Plains, United States and Canada

LCSH: Gros Ventre Indians (Montana)--Social life and customs//Gros Ventre Indians (Montana)--Religion//Gros Ventre Indians (Montana)--Rites and ceremonies


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