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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Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

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

Title: Omaha secret societies

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by R. F. Fortune

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Omaha (NQ21)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF 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: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 5

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. nq21-005

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

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document ca. 1931

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. W. W. Stein ; 1956

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1897-1932

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Omaha Indians in USA

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Omaha Indians//Indians of North America--Secret societies


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