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Indians of the Great Plains

By Daniel J. Gelo

Published by Routledge

Published Date: Jun 29, 2011

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Plains Societies and Cultures
Indians of the Great Plains, written by Daniel J. Gelo of The University of Texas at San Antonio, is a text that emphasizes that Plains societies and cultures are continuing, living entities.
Through a topical exploration, it provides a contemporary view of recent scholarship on the classic Horse Culture Period while also bringing readers up-to-date with historical and cultural developments of the 20th and 21st centuries.  In addition, it contains wide and balanced coverage of the many different tribal groups, including Canadian and southern populations.

Teaching & Learning Experience:

  • Improve Critical Thinking - Indians of the Great Plains provides recent scholarship and up-to-date historical and cultural developments of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to see the Plains societies and cultures as continuing, living entities ¿ including charts showing tribal organization and kinship systems.
  • Engage Students ¿ Indians of the Great Plains features excerpts of Native poetry, songs, and ethnographic accounts, as well as Chapter Summaries and End-of-Chapter Review Questions.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Great Plains
            The Plains Landscape
            The Plains Culture Area
            Sources
            Chapter Summary
Chapter 2: Plains Prehistory
             The Archaeological Record
                        The Paleoindians
                        Origins and Antiquity
                        The Archaic
                        The Late Prehistoric
            The Historic Period
                        The Historic Tribes and their Origins
            Sources
            Chapter Summary
Chapter 3: Bison, Horse, and Hoe
             The Bison
            Extermination of the Buffalo
            Other Game Animals
            The Horse
            Indian Horsemanship
            The Horse as an Influence on Culture
            Wild and Domestic Plants
            Sources
            Chapter Summary
Chapter 4: Tribal Organization
             Tribes, Bands, and Clans
                        The Notion of Tribe
                        Bands
                        Descent Groups: Lineages and Clans
                        Phratries and Moieties
                        Native Naming
            Associations
                        Men¿s Associations
                        Women¿s Associations
                        Religious Societies
            Leadership
                        Chiefs
                        Councils
            Crime, Law, and Dispute Settlement
            Examples of Organization: The Crows and Comanches
                        The Crows
                        The Comanches
            Sources
            Chapter Summary
Chapter 5: Family and Social Life
             Kinship
                        Kin Terms
                        Kin Term Systems
            Family
            The Life Cycle
                        Birth, Infancy, and Childhood
                        Puberty
                        Courtship and Marriage
                        Absconding and Divorce
                        Adulthood
                        Old Age
                        Death and Burial
            Gender and Sexuality
                        Stereotypes
                        Gender Roles and Relations
                        Sexuality
                        Berdaches
            Sources
            Chapter Summary
Chapter 6: Material Culture and Decorative Arts
             Dwellings
                        The Tipi
                        The Earth Lodge
                        The Grass Lodge
                        The Wigwam
                        Other Structures
            Tools and Weapons
                        Garden Tools
                        Basketry and Pottery
                        Cradles
                        Boats and Rafts
                        War and Hunting Gear
            Clothing
            Personal Adornment
                        Metalwork
            Decorative Arts
                        Quillwork and Beadwork
                        Carving in Wood and Stone
            Painting and Drawing
            Sources
            Chapter Summary
Chapter 7: Music and Dance
             Sources
            Chapter Summary
Chapter 8: Oral Traditions
             Sources
            Chapter Summary
Chapter 9: Religious Fundamentals
             Power
            Spiritual Beings
                        Thunder
                        Water Monsters
                        Giants and Dwarves
                        Ghosts
                        Animal Spirits
                        Transcendent Spirits
                        Cosmovision
                        The Great Spirit
            Sacred Symbols
            The Vision Quest
            Medicine Men and Women
            Sources
            Chapter Summary
Chapter 10: Group Rituals
             The Massaum
            The Okipa
            Medicine Bundle Renewals
            The Skidi Pawnee Morning Star Ceremony
            Sacred Arrow and Pipe Ceremonies
            The Sun Dance
            The Study of Sun Dance Diffusion
            Sun Dance Survival and Revival
            The Ghost Dance
            The Ghost Dance and the Origins of Religion
            Yuwipi
            Peyotism
                        Origins of Plains Peyotism
                        The Peyote Ritual
                        Peyote Symbolism
                        Peyote Politics and Law
                        The Native American Church
                        The Peyote Trade
            Indian Christianity
            Dual Religious Participation
            Religion and Native Identity
            Sources
            Chapter Summary
Chapter 11: External Relations
             Warfare
                        Scouting and Trailing
                        Signals and Signs
                        The Face of Indian Battle
                        Coup and Scalping
                        Cannibalism
                        Captives
            Trade and Diplomacy
                        The Calumet Ceremony
                        Trade Languages
                        Sign Language
                        Indian Diplomats
                        Intertribal Marriage
            Sources
            Chapter Summary
Chapter 12: Life through the Twentieth Century
             Conquest of the Plains
                        War in the South
                        War in the North
            Early Reservation Life
                        Allotment
                        Boarding Schools
            Period of Reform
                        Indian Reorganization Act
            Period of Termination
            Period of Self-Determination
            Sources
            Chapter Summary
Chapter 13: Contemporary Plains Indian Life
             Life in Indian Country
                        Landscape
                        Work and Play
                        Social Relations
                        The Economic Picture
            Contemporary Issues
                        Tribal Sovereignty
                        Gaming
                        Health
                        Land Claims and Natural Resources
                        Religious Freedom
                        Sacred Sites
                        Graves Protection and Repatriation
                        Mascots
                        Media Imagery and Cultural Florescence
                        Identity
            Sources
            Chapter Summary
Bibliography
Index

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