The Native American Sun Dance Religion and Ceremony: An Annotated Bibliography

The Native American Sun Dance Religion and Ceremony: An Annotated Bibliography

The Native American Sun Dance Religion and Ceremony: An Annotated Bibliography

The Native American Sun Dance Religion and Ceremony: An Annotated Bibliography

Synopsis

The best known and most dramatic of North American Indian ceremonies, the Sun Dance ceremony and religion is an important part of both Native American and American history. Performed by the Plains Indians, including the Sioux, Dakota, Cheyenne, and others, the dance involves fixed gazing at the sun while dancing, blowing of eagle bone whistles, fasting, and sometimes, self-torture. Although outlawed by the U.S. government in 1904, it is still practiced by some Plains Indians today. This bibliography provides the first comprehensive, organized listing of sources on the Sun Dance.

Excerpt

The purpose of this annotated bibliography is to serve researchers, including American Indians, in learning more about the Sun Dance religion and ceremony of the Plains Indians. It is intended that this guide will be useful to tribal researchers, college and high school students doing library research for term papers, and to advanced researchers seeking in-depth materials for scholarly publications and field work. It is hoped that this compilation will lead to increased knowledge and appreciation of the Sun Dance.

This bibliography is comprehensive for English-language materials written on the Sun Dance. It includes materials on the historical, anthropological, religious and social aspects of the Sun Dance of the Plains Indians from the 19 and 20 centuries. All published materials are included, such as books, book chapters, journal articles, magazine articles, master's theses, doctoral dissertations, United States government publications, museum reports, and major newspaper articles having a substantial amount of information. Materials not included are unpublished manuscripts, diaries, letters and other personal papers, musical recordings, and novels with fictionalized portrayals of the Sun Dance. The materials are arranged by tribal names, then alphabetically by authors and titles. The index at the end is by subjects, authors and tribes. The annotations are intended to highlight the content and uniqueness of the material and to provide some evaluation of the usefulness for research purposes. In the annotations, terms used from a native language are italicized, except for proper names of individuals. Expressions and phrases used by authors in their works are indicated by quotation marks. Quotations are sometimes included to represent the style or tone of the writer and to insure accuracy in relaying important information. Alternate tribal names and spellings are often given by authors, and the spellings used by each author are followed within the abstracts, for examples, Blackfeet or Blackfoot, Peigan or . . .

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