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Old North Trail

or Life, Legends and Religions of the Blackfeet Indians



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The Old North Trail: or Life, Legends and Religions of the Blackfeet Indians by Walter McClintock
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1910. In the Preface, the author explains how he came to write this volume: After becoming acquainted with the Blackfeet Indians, I realized that there were locked up in the breasts of the old chiefs and medicine men rich treasures of folklore, religious beliefs and ceremonials. I saw that the younger generation was indifferent to their tribal customs, traditions and religion. I also observed that they had no written language, and it seemed inevitable that, with the passing of the old chiefs and medicine men, their ancient religion and folklore would fall into oblivion. When I discovered that I could obtain the unbosoming of their secrets and that the door was open to me for study and investigation, I resolved that I would do my best to preserve all the knowledge available. Partial Contents: My Introduction to the Blackfeet; My Adoption by Mad Wolf; Hunting in the Rocky Mountains; A Rocky Mountain Blizzard; Mad Wolf Gives the Beaver Medicine Ceremonial; Legend of the Beaver Medicine; My Rocky Mountain Goat Hunt; Winter on the Plains; Ghost Stories; Reminiscences of Father De Smet; Sun Worship; Beginning of the Sun-Dance; Marriage Customs; Forming the Sun-Dance Camp; Painted Tipis; The Sun-Dance Camp; Evening Scenes in the Camp; An Initiation into the Medicine Pipe Society; Ceremonial Transferring the Medicine Pipe; and The Present Condition and Future Prospects of the Blackfeet.
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December 1st, 2004
Country of Publication
United States
Kessinger Publishing Co
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