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The wolves of heaven : Cheyenne shamanism, ceremonies, and prehistoric origins

Author: Karl H Schlesier
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©1987.
Series: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 183.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The Wolves of Heaven is a most unusual and challenging work. Published more than half a century after the classic Cheyenne studies of George Bird Grinnell and G. A. Dorsey, it is a singular reinterpretation of the Cheyennes’ world view, shamanism, and major cultural features. It is the product of the author’s blending of the principles of action anthropology with those of cognitive anthropology, his long field  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karl H Schlesier
ISBN: 0806125772 9780806125770 0806120576 9780806120577
OCLC Number: 15017177
Notes: Translation of: Die Wölfe des Himmels.
At head of title: "Nanēhov meohotoxc" ("I am the star of dawn").
Series numbering from book jacket.
Description: xviii, 214 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 183.
Other Titles: Wölfe des Himmels.
Responsibility: by Karl H. Schlesier ; drawings by Wah-pah-nah-yah, Dick West.

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"The Wolves of Heaven is a most unusual and challenging work. Published more than half a century after the classic Cheyenne studies of George Bird Grinnell and G. A. Dorsey, it is a singular reinterpretation of the Cheyennes’ world view, shamanism, and major cultural features. It is the product of the author’s blending of the principles of action anthropology with those of cognitive anthropology, his long field association with the Southern Cheyennes, and his close personal relationship with Edward Red Hat, the Cheyenne Keeper of the Sacred Arrows, who instructed him in Cheyenne religion for more than ten years. Along with important oral testimony, the book makes use of the great volume of works in the ethnography, ethnohistory, prehistory, and linguistics of the northern plains, the Subarctic, and northern Siberia. The core of the book is a reconstruction of the Massaum, the most elusive of Cheyenne tribal ceremonies, extinct since 1927. In a detailed interpretation of the ritual, provided here for the first time, the author defines the Massaum as an earth-giving ceremony. The gift of this ceremony between 500 and 300 B. C. in what is now South Dakota brought about the formation of the Cheyennes as a tribal unit with the right to occupy a large region of the grasslands."--Book jacket.

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