Book

Ceremonial bundles of the Blackfoot Indians

The Trustees7 (2) • Published In 1912 • Pages: 1 l., 65-289

By: Wissler, Clark.

Abstract
This monograph, based upon data collected by Wissler, augmented by interviews and narrative texts recorded by his native field assistant and interpreter, is an extremely detailed description of the Blackfoot medicine bundles and the associated ceremonials. Seven case histories of medicine experiences, or power-acquisition experiences, through visions and dreaming, are presented, followed by a careful description of the contents of each of the medicine bundles and of the related ceremonies. A concluding section discusses the various features or parts of the power and bundle acquisition and transfer ceremonies and the nature of ownership of such impersonal power and its physical representation in the bundles. An appendix follows with general notes and new data interpreted since the writing of the author's monograph series on the Blackfoot. Throughout the text and appendix, the author compares the Blackfoot to other Plains and Prairie societies, drawing conclusions about the origins of various ceremonial and material traits. The index included is for the entire monograph series.
Subjects
Outbuildings
Ornament
Ritual
Literary texts
Preventive medicine
Sacred objects and places
Magicians and diviners
Organized ceremonial
Traditional history
Revelation and divination
Prehistory
culture
Blackfoot
HRAF PubDate
1999
Region
North America
Sub Region
Plains and Plateau
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Ethnologist-5
Analyst
Sarah T. Bridges ; 1974
Coverage Date
not specified
Coverage Place
northern Montana, United States; southern Alberta, Canada
Notes
Clark Wissler
Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-284) and index
LCCN
15003016
LCSH
Siksika Indians