Fortune, Reo, 1903-1979. Omaha secret societies:

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Chapter I Introduction

Chapter Ii General Sketch Of Omaha Society

Crow System (ignore The Dotted Line)

Omaha System (ignore The Full Line).

Selected References

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Chapter Iii The Sacred Amongst The Omaha

I. Doctoring Societies

Ii. Fundamental Concepts Of The Sacred

Iii. The Search For A Supernatural Patron

Iv. Clean And Unclean: Protection And Exposure

V. Religious Types And Use Of The Solitary Revelation

Chapter Iv The Secret Societies

I. Buffalo Society

Ii. The Ghost Society

Iii. The Grizzly Bear And Rattlesnake Society

Iv. The Water Monster Society And The Midewiwin

V. The Water Monster Society And The Midewiwin. (cont.)

Vi. Initiation In The Water Monster Society.

Vii. Midewiwin Initiation

Viii. Rituals Of The Cognate Societies

Chapter V Further Individual Accounts Of Religious Experience

Chapter Vi Further Societies

I. The Thunder Bird Society

Ii. The Night Blessed Society Or Potlatch Society With Some Consideration Of Chieftainship And Potlatch

Iii. The Modern Peyote Cult In Its Omaha Setting

Chapter Vii Religious Practices

I. Unusual Ways Of Initiation

Ii. Feeding The Medicine Bundle

Iii. Taboos Observed In Tipi Or Lodge Of A Medicine Bundle Owner

Iv. General Outline Of Doctor's Formal Procedure In Treating A Patient

V. Love Magic

Vi. Gambling Magic

Vii. Priests, Doctors And Chiefs

Ix. Remarks On Society Dances And On Widow Killing

X. Soapweed And Plants

Xi. Tattooers Of The Night Blessed Society

Chapter Viii Tales And Legends Bearing On The Religion Or The Secret Societies

(a) Tales



(b) Legends

The Two Sacred Orphans

The Orphan And The Buffalo Spirits

The Orphan And The Chief's Daughter.

The Man Who Won A Chief's Daughter By Telling The Biggest Lie.

The Man Who Won Foot Races By The Power Of His Vision.

Ichibazi And Wathaxixe

Haxuga And The Buzzard Doctor.

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Title: Omaha secret societies:

Published By: New York: Columbia University Press, 1932. ii, 193 p.

By line: by R. F. Fortune

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

Culture: Omaha (NQ21)

Subjects: Mythology (773); General character of religion (771); Sacred objects and places (778); Magic (789); Magicians and diviners (791); Community heads (622); Sorcery (754); Organized ceremonial (796); Revelation and divination (787); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Sodalities (575); Avoidance and taboo (784); Ethnometeorology (821); Eschatology (775); Theory of disease (753); Spirits and gods (776); Alcoholic beverages (273); Religious experience (781); Community heads (622); Local officials (624); Status, role, and prestige (554); Gift giving (431); Kin relationships (602); Social relationships and groups (571);

Abstract: This source is a discussion of Omaha religion with emphasis on the organization and practices of Omaha secret societies. The Omaha vision experience is treated in detail. The author's main purpose is to uncover material which is missing or misunderstood in earlier sources on the Omaha. In doing this, he shows the integration of the counter-principles of the hereditary transmission of privilege vs. the achievement of privilege. The author reproduces some material from the early sources along with his comments. Where the original passages are too long he cites page numbers for reference. As a final chapter a collection of folktales related to aspects of the secret societies is presented. The author spent three months among the Omaha.

Document Number: 5

Document ID: nq21-005

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: ca. 1931

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: W. W. Stein ; 1956

Coverage Date: 1897-1932

Coverage Place: Omaha Indians in USA

LCSH: Omaha Indians//Indians of North America--Secret societies


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