Dorsey, James Owen, 1848-1895. Omaha sociology:

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Omaha Sociology.

Chapter I. Introduction.

Early Migrations Of The □;egiha Tribes

Subsequent Migrations Of The Omahas.

Present State Of The Omahas.

Chapter Ii. The State.

Differentiation Of Organs In The State.

State Classes.



Chapter Iii. The Gentile System.

Tribal Circles.

The Omaha Tribal Circle.

Rules For Pitching The Tents.

The Sacred Tents.

The Sacred Pipes

Gahige's Account Of The Tradition Of The Pipes.

A N Ba-hebe's Account Of The Tradition Of The Pipes.

Law Of Membership.

The Weji N Cte Or Elk Gens.

The Iñke-sab˘e, Or Black Shoulder Gens.

The Hañga Gens.

The □;atada Gens.

The Wasabe-hit□aj˘i Subgens.

The Wajinga □;ataj˘i Subgens

The □e-□a-it□aj˘i Subgens.

The □e-□i N , Or Turtle Subgens.

The □a N Ze Gens.

The Ma N □;iñka-gaxe Gens.

The □e-s˘inde Gens.

The □a-□a Or Deer-head Gens.

The Iñg□;e-jide Gens.

The Ictasanda Gens.

Chapter Iv. The Kinship System And Marriage Laws.

Classes Of Kinship.

Consanguineous Kinship.


Marriage Laws.

Whom A Man Or Woman Cannot Marry.

Whom A Man Or Woman Can Marry.

Importance Of The Subgentes.


Chapter V. Domestic Life.

Courtship And Marriage Customs.

Domestic Etiquette—bashfulness.



Standing Of Women In Society.


Widows And Widowers.

Rights Of Parents And Others.

Personal Habits, Politeness, Etc.

Meals, Etc.

Chapter Vi. Visiting Customs.

The Calumet Dance.

Chapter Vii. Industrial Occupations.

Hunting Customs.

Fishing Customs.

Cultivation Of The Ground.

Chapter Viii. Industrial Occupations (continued).

Food And Its Preparation.

Clothing And Its Preparation.

Chapter Ix. Protective Industries.

War Customs.

Defensive Warfare.

Offensive Warfare.

Chapter X. Amusements And Corporations.



Feasting Societies.

Dancing Societies.

Chapter Xi. Regulative Industries.

The Government.

Chapter Xii. The Law.

Personal Law.

Property Law.

Corporation Law.

Government Law.

International Law.

Military Law.

Religious Law.

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Title: Omaha sociology:

Published in: Bureau of Ethnology, third annual report, 1881-82

Published By: Bureau of Ethnology, third annual report, 1881-82 Washington: Government Printing Office, 1884. 205-370 p., 4 plates: ill.

By line: Rev. J. Owen Dorsey

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Omaha (NQ21)

Subjects: Identification (101); Traditional history (173); Linguistic identification (197); Community structure (621); Community heads (622); Dying (763); Settlement patterns (361); Sacred objects and places (778); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Clans (614); Legal norms (671); Ground combat forces (704); Priesthood (793); Status, role, and prestige (554); Local officials (624); Personal names (551); Status, role, and prestige (554); Kinship terminology (601); Artificial kin relationships (608); Sodalities (575); Dance (535);

Abstract: This monograph is a general description of Omaha social organization, with sections on technology and material culture. The introductory chapter is an account of the proto-historical migrations of the Omaha and cognate tribes. Much comparative material on other Dhegiha tribes is included. This is especially so for the Ponca, since one of the author's major informants, Joseph La Flesche, was a Ponca by birth. The author originally resided among the Omaha as a missionary. He began his work there in 1871. Later, he made a study of anthropology. This source is based upon the author's reexamination of his earlier analyses of Omaha culture in the light of his anthropological studies.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: nq21-002

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: 1871-1881

Evaluation: Ethnologist, Missionary-5

Analyst: William W. Stein ; 1955

Coverage Date: 1870-1884

Coverage Place: Omaha Indians in USA

LCSH: Omaha Indians


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