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Circles of power

Author: Ronald McCoy
Publisher: [Flagstaff] : Museum of Northern Arizona, [1984]
Series: Plateau, vol. 55, no. 4.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From prehistoric times until late in the nineteenth century, American Indian warriors, notably those of the Southwest and Great Plains, carried shields in combat. Indeed, som southwestern Indians still employ them in ceremonial life today. Beyond whatever physical safeguards these shields afforded, each was sacred. Infused with mystical forces, manifesting profound religious faith, expressing blessing, the holy  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McCoy, Ronald.
Circles of power.
[Flagstaff] : Museum of Northern Arizona, [1984]
(OCoLC)654279823
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald McCoy
OCLC Number: 11117018
Notes: Issued as vol. 55, number 4 of Plateau.
Description: 32 pages : illustrations, some color ; 28 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Shields of prehistory --
Early historic period --
Manufacturing shields --
Southwestern shields --
Plains shields --
Visions of power --
A question of protection --
Shields as ritual objects --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Plateau, vol. 55, no. 4.
Responsibility: by Ronald McCoy.

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"From prehistoric times until late in the nineteenth century, American Indian warriors, notably those of the Southwest and Great Plains, carried shields in combat. Indeed, som southwestern Indians still employ them in ceremonial life today. Beyond whatever physical safeguards these shields afforded, each was sacred. Infused with mystical forces, manifesting profound religious faith, expressing blessing, the holy shields of the Southwest and Great Plains served as nothing less than circles of mystical power"--Introduction.

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