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Kiowa military societies : ethnohistory and ritual

Author: William C Meadows
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2010.
Series: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 263.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Warrior culture has long been an important facet of Plains Indian life. For Kiowa Indians, military societies have special significance. They serve not only to honor veterans and celebrate and publicize martial achievements but also to foster strong role models for younger tribal members. To this day, these societies serve to maintain traditional Kiowa values, culture, and ethnic identity.
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William C Meadows
ISBN: 9780806140728 0806140720
OCLC Number: 318191519
Description: xx, 455 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: 1 Polahyop: The Rabbits Society --
2 Aljoyigau: The Mountain Sheep Society --
3 Chejanmau: The Horse Headdresses Society --
4 Tokogaut: The Black Legs Society --
5 Jaifegau: The Unafraid of Death or Skunkberry Society --
6 Qoichegau: The Sentinel or Scout Dogs Society --
7 Cauitemgop: The Kiowa Bone Strikers --
8 Ohomogau: The Omaha Society --
9 Kiowa Women's Societies.
Series Title: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 263.
Responsibility: William C. Meadows.

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"Warrior culture has long been an important facet of Plains Indian life. For Kiowa Indians, military societies have special significance. They serve not only to honor veterans and celebrate and publicize martial achievements but also to foster strong role models for younger tribal members. To this day, these societies serve to maintain traditional Kiowa values, culture, and ethnic identity.

Previous scholarship has offered only glimpses of Kiowa military societies. William C. Meadows now provides a detailed account of the ritual structures, ceremonial composition, and historical development of each society: Rabbits, Mountain Sheep, Horses Headdresses, Black Legs, Skunkberry /Unafraid of Death, Scout Dogs, Kiowa Bone Strikers, and Omaha, as well as past and present women's groups.

Two dozen illustrations depict personages and ceremonies, and an appendix provides membership rosters from the late 1800s.

The most comprehensive description ever published on Kiowa military societies, this work is unmatched by previous studies in its level of detail and depth of scholarship. It demonstrates the evolution of these groups within the larger context of American Indian history and anthropology, while documenting and preserving tribal traditions."--Jacket.

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