Wissler, Clark, 1870-1947. Ceremonial bundles of the Blackfoot Indians

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Ceremonial bundles of the Blackfoot Indians

Published By: Original publisher New York: The Trustees. 1912. 1 p. l., p. 65-289 ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Clark Wissler

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Blackfoot (NF06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Outbuildings (343); Ornament (301); Ritual (788); Literary texts (539); Preventive medicine (751); Sacred objects and places (778); Magicians and diviners (791); Organized ceremonial (796); Traditional history (173); Revelation and divination (787); Prehistory (172);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 2

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nf06-002

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-284) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1903-1911 (intermittent)

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Sarah T. Bridges ; 1974

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). not specified

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) northern Montana, United States; southern Alberta, Canada

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Siksika Indians


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