Book

The Iroquois ceremonial of Midwinter

Syracuse University PressSyracuse, N.Y. • Published In 1970 • Pages:

By: Tooker, Elisabeth.

Abstract
Traditionally the Midwinter Ceremonial was the largest and most complex of Iroquois rituals. This study is divided into three major parts. In part I the author describes some of the basic principles of Iroquois ritualism, which are then interpreted in terms of the various components of the ceremonial itself (part II). In this section Tooker discusses cultural variations between different members of the Iroquois League (e.g., Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga), and changes that have been introduced in the ritual during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Part III of this work presents the Midwinter Ceremonial in historical perspective. Here, through the eyewitness accounts of Halliday Jackson, Mary Jemison, Thaddeus Osgood, Lewis Henry Morgan, and J. V. H. Clark the Midwinter Ceremonial is described in detail as it was originally performed during the eighteenth through nineteenth centuries.
Subjects
Sociocultural trends
Cultural participation
Dance
General character of religion
Prayers and sacrifices
Organized ceremonial
culture
Iroquois
HRAF PubDate
1996
Region
North America
Sub Region
Eastern Woodlands
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Ethnologist-4,5
Analyst
John Beierle ; 1994
Coverage Date
variable
Coverage Place
United States and Canada
Notes
Elisabeth Tooker
Includes index.|Bibliography: p. 179-183
LCCN
70119873
LCSH
Iroquois Indians