Weltfish,Gene, 1902-. The lost universe: with a closing chapter on 'The universe regained'

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1 The Lost Universe

2 Pawnee People And Their Fortunes: I

3 Pawnee People And Their Fortunes: Ii

Marriage And Kin

Personal Names And Aspirations

4 Pawnee People And Their Fortunes: Iii

Love And Friendship

Tribal Fun And Games

The Pawnee Person

5 The World Of A Pawnee Boy: Spring 1867

6 A Deer Hunt

7 The Spring Awakening

8 Repairing The Roof Of The House

9 The Planting Of The Crops

10 The Captive Girl Sacrifice

11 Varieties Of Corn, Beans, And Squash

12 Closing Episode Of Planting Period

13 Ceremonial Preparations For Summer Buffalo Hunt

14 Practical Preparations For The Buffalo Hunt

15 The Great Cleansing Ceremony

16 Final Preparations In The Village

17 The Rendezvous Camp

18 The Migration To The Buffalo Hunting Grounds

19 Common Camping Routines

20 Hunting The First Buffalo And Butchering It

21 Crossing The River And The Return Of The Hunters

22 The Return Of The Hunters And The Banquets Of Buffalo Meat

23 The Tenth Encampment

24 Camp 11-at The Buffalo Hunting Grounds

25 The First Main Hunt Episode

26 The Meeting In The Council Tent

27 Preserving The Meat And Processing The Hides

28 The Fourth Major Attack On The Herd

29 The Additional Hunting Episodes

30 The Return Home From The Hunt

31 Harvest Time In The Village

32 The Ceremonial Observance Of The Harvest

33 The House Reestablished And The Food Stored

34 Preparation For The Grand Opera

35 Organizing The Earth Lodge For The Ceremonial Performance-rehearsals And Construction Work

36 The Women Get Wood For The Doctors

37 The Big Doctor Performance

38 The First Big Dance

39 The Dance Of The Scalped Ones

40 Breaches Of The Doctors’ Rules

41 The Closing Episode Of The Doctors’ Grand Opera

42 Dismantling The Ceremonial Doctor Lodge

43 The Deer Dance

44 Sorcery

45 The Doctors Cure The Boy Otter

46 A Time For Storytelling And For Leisure

47 Equipment And Industrial Manufactures

48 The Process Of Making Leather And Furs

49 The Construction Of The Tent Cover

50 Objects Of Wood For The Home

51 Things Of Wood Made By Man

52 Objects Made For Recreation

53 Products Of Reeds And Grass

54 The Winter Buffalo Hunt

55 Arranging The Administrative Leadership

56 Plans And Provisions For The Hunt

57 The Journey To The Hunting Grounds

58 Camp 6 On Grand Island

59 The Pointed Skin Tipi

60 Processing The Meat

61 The Council Tent

62 The Main Hunt

63 The Return From The Hunt

64 Postscript Into The Present

65 The Universe Regained Ideas And Forecast

Newly Delevoping Needs That Make The Family-oriented House Necessary

The Problem Of Work In An Automated Age

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Title: The lost universe: with a closing chapter on 'The universe regained'

Published By: New York ; London: Basic Books, 1965. xx, 506 p.: ill.

By line: Gene Weltfish

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1998. Computer File

Culture: Pawnee (NQ18)

Subjects: Hunting and trapping (224); Tillage (241); Travel (484); Sorcery (754); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Revelation and divination (787); Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: This work, the product of a number of years of research among the Pawnee of Oklahoma, is a sensitive and illuminating portrayal of the Pawnee as they existed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The information presented is based on memory ethnography provided by Weltfish's informant, Mark Evarts. Evarts was a Pawnee of the Skidi band who experienced reservation life during the period of 1861-1875. Weltfish authenticated this information with ethnographic documents and data that he collected during his fieldwork. The first part of the monograph provides background on Pawnee history and culture, followed by a series of brief chapters reconstructing the daily and seasonal round of life of a group of Pawnee in Nebraska during the year 1867. The book concludes with a section of end notes, a lengthy bibliography, and an index.

Document Number: 14

Document ID: nq18-014

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 480-491) and index

Field Date: 1928-1936, 1954

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Gilbert Winer ; Sigrid Khera ; John Beierle ; 1968-1972

Coverage Date: late 1800s - early 1900s

Coverage Place: Skidi (Skiri), Chawi, Kitkahahki, and Pitahawirata bands ; Pawnee, Oklahoma, United States

LCSH: Pawnee Indians


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