The Canadian Sioux

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  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Format: Hardback | 207 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 231mm x 20mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 February 1984
  • Publication City/Country: Lincoln
  • ISBN 10: 0803223277
  • ISBN 13: 9780803223271
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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The Canadian Sioux are descendants of Santees, Yanktonais, and Tetons from the United States who sought refuge in Canada during the 1860s and 1870s. Living today on eight reserves in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, they have been largely neglected by anthropologists and historians and are the least well-known of all the Sioux groups. This study, by a long-time student of Sioux and other Indian cultures, fills that gap in the literature. Based on fieldwork done in the 1970s supplemented by written sources, "The Canadian Sioux" presents a descriptive reconstruction of their traditional culture, many aspects of which are still practiced or remembered by Canadian Sioux today although long forgotten by their relatives in the United States. It is rich in detail and presents an abundance of new information on topics such as tribal divisions, documented history and traditional history, warfare, their economy, social life, philosophy and religion, and ceremonialism. Nearly half the book is devoted to Canadian Sioux religion and describes such ceremonies as the vision quest, medicine feast, medicine dance, sun dance, warrior society dances, and the Ghost Dance. A welcome addition to American-Indian ethnography, James H. Howard's study provides a valuable overview of Canadian Sioux culture and a fine introduction to these little-known groups. The late James H. Howard was a professor of anthropology at Oklahoma State University at the time of his death in 1982. His many publications include "The Warrior Who Killed Custer: The Personal Narrative of Chief Joseph White Bull" (1968, also published by the University of Nebraska Press) and "Shawnee: The Ceremonialism of a Native American Tribe and Its Cultural Background" (1981).

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The late James H. Howard was a professor of anthropology at Oklahoma State University at the time of his death in 1982. His many publications include "The Warrior Who Killed Custer: The Personal Narrative of Chief Joseph White Bull" and "Shawnee: The Ceremonialism of a Native American Tribe and Its Cultural Background."