Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History Volume 17

Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History Volume 17

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...the body. Among the Northeastern Maidu the usages were similar. The murderer had to fast for a week or two after killing a man, eating no meat or acorns. Money-payments were made; but, even after payment, blood revenge was often taken as well. If a woman were killed in an attack on a village or in any encounter between two opposing parties, the aggressors usually gave one of their women in exchange, to prevent further reprisals. This held true also in times of peace, the offender, by thus sacrificing a wife or child, sometimes escaping the blood revenge.. Oaths of any sort were unknown. The worst that could be said to a person was to wish that a snake might bite him. Lying 'was regarded as very reprehensible. The foot-hill I people had a saying to the effect that "the man with a crooked tongue is like the man with a crooked arrow." SOCIAL GArHERINos AND FEsT1vALs.--Gatherings of a social as distinguished from a ceremonial nature were common. One village, or a man in that village, would invite other villages to a feast, or, as it is generally called, a "soup dinner." When it had been decided to hold such a festival, the shaman, as a rule, was requested to prepare " strings." These were cords on which a number of knots were tied, the number corresponding to the number of days between the time of sending out these "strings" and the date of the festival. As many strings were prepared as there were families that were to be invited; and when all were ready, they were sent out by messengers, who distributed them to the different families asked. Each day the head of the family untied a knot, or cut it off; and thus all knew when the time had come, and all arrived together. Such notices were...
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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236803183
  • 9781236803184