TITLE

Contradictions as a Source of Historical Perspective: Examples from the Symbolism of Camp Circles and Sacred Poles

AUTHOR(S)
Hall, Robert L.
PUB. DATE
April 2005
SOURCE
Ontario Archaeology;2005, Issue 79/80, p115
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
When using historical ethnography and the comparative method it can be gratifying to find close correspondences of ritual elements between the cultures being studied. Contradictions, on the other hand, can sometimes also be useful, although such contradictions may require broad interregional comparisons and deep-time perspectives for their resolution. Examples discussed or referenced include the Omaha and Osage camp circles, the Ponca Sun Dance, the Sacred Pole of the Omahas, the bear sacrifice of the Munsee- Mahicans, the crook lances of the Dog Soldiers of the Great Plains, and the North Star bundle of the Skiri Pawnee.
ACCESSION #
28082482

 

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