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Civilization of the American Indian #72: The Sioux: Life and Customs of a Warrior Society

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For many people the Sioux, as warriors and as buffalo hunters, have become the symbol of all that is Indian colorful figures endowed with great fortitude and powerful vision. They were the heroes of the Great Plains, and they were the villains, too.

Royal B. Hassrick here attempts to describe the ways of the people, the patterns of their behavior, and the concepts of their imagination. Uniquely, he has approached the subject from the Sioux's own point of view, giving their own interpretation of their world in the era of its greatest vigor and renown –the brief span of years from about 1830 to 1870.

In addition to printed sources, the author has drawn from the observation and records of a number of Sioux who were still living when this book was projected, and were anxious to serve as links to the vanished world of their forebears.

Because it is true that men become in great measure what they think and want themselves to be, it is important to gain this insight into Sioux thought of a century ago. Apparently, the most significant theme in their universe was that man was a minute but integral part of that universe. The dual themes of self-expression and self-denial reached through their lives, helping to explain their utter defeat soon after the Battle of the Little Big Horn. When the opportunity to resolve the conflict with the white man in their own way was lost, their very reason for living was lost, too.

There are chapters on the family and the sexes, fun, the scheme of war, production, the structure of the nation, the way to status, and other aspects of Sioux life.

Review:

"Until now there has not been a good popular ethnography of any of the Dakota groups. Hassrick has admirably filled this need for the Teton Dakota. He knows his people well and has written a book that is a must for anyone interested in the Sioux or in the Plains Indians in general." Natural History

Review:

"Every phase of life is covered — art, war, religion, child rearing, sex, humor, and dress. This is an excellent addition to this series and is highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Hassrick writes with authority and with a clarity of style; his Sioux live for the reader, and many of the conflicts and contradictions described for Sioux culture become understandable when Hassrick applies sociological interpretations." American West

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 354-359) and index.

About the Author

Royal B. Hassrick�received his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College and did advanced study at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. He authored a number of books on Indians and Indian art.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806121406
With:
Maxwell, Dorothy
Other:
Back, Cile M.
With:
Maxwell, Dorothy
Author:
Bach, Cile M.
Author:
Hassrick, Royal B.
Publisher:
Red River Books
Location:
Norman, OK
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Dakota indians
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Dakota Indians -- Social life and customs.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Civilization of the American Indian (Paperback)
Series Volume:
v. 72
Publication Date:
19880931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
41 bandw illus., 2 maps
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 1.1 in 1.05 lb

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Product details 400 pages University of Oklahoma Press - English 9780806121406 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Until now there has not been a good popular ethnography of any of the Dakota groups. Hassrick has admirably filled this need for the Teton Dakota. He knows his people well and has written a book that is a must for anyone interested in the Sioux or in the Plains Indians in general."
"Review" by , "Every phase of life is covered — art, war, religion, child rearing, sex, humor, and dress. This is an excellent addition to this series and is highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Hassrick writes with authority and with a clarity of style; his Sioux live for the reader, and many of the conflicts and contradictions described for Sioux culture become understandable when Hassrick applies sociological interpretations."
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