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Yuwipi: Vision and Experience in Olglala Ritual

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A profoundly spiritual book, Yuwipi describes a present-day Oglala Sioux healing ritual that is performed for a wide range of personal crises. The vivid narrative centers on the experience of a hypothetical father and son in need of spiritual and physical assistance.

The author combines the Yuwipi ceremony with two ancient Sioux rituals often performed in conjunction with it, the vision quest and the sweat lodge. Wayne Runs Again, suffering from alcoholism and worried about his fathers health, seeks out a shaman who, while bound in darkness, calls on supernatural beings to free him and to communicate. While the young man undergoes purification in a sweat lodge and waits on a hill for a vision, the community prays for him and his father. The ceremony serves not only to cure the sick but also to reaffirm the continuity of Oglala society.

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Yuwipi is the present-day Oglala Sioux version of an ancient and widespread ritual in which a shaman is bound and, in the darkness, call spirits to come and free him and to communicate with his audience.

About the Author

William K. Powers was adopted in boyhood by a Sioux chief and has spent thirty-five summers on the Pine Ridge, South Dakota, reservation. In an essay, he traces the origins of Yuwipi to Crazy Horse's spiritual mentor, the medicine man Horn Chips. Powers is the author of Oglala Religion (1977), also published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803287105
Author:
Powers, William K.
Publisher:
Unp - Nebraska Paperback
Author:
Powers, William K.
Location:
Lincoln, Neb.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Rites and ceremonies
Subject:
Oglala Indians
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19840831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Maps
Pages:
113
Dimensions:
8.00x5.27x.31 in. .31 lbs.

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