MS 2799 Texts and notes on Medicine arrows of the Cheyenne from Bull Thigh and William Somers
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Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.MS2799
Creators:
Michelson, Truman, 1879-1938
Bull Thigh, circa 1829-
Somers, William Abe, circa 1865-
Dates:
1910 September 7-13
Languages:
Multiple languages
In English and Cheyenne.
Physical Description:
131 Pages
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Text and notes collected by Truman Michelson in Montana from Bull Thigh and William Somers on the sacred Medicine arrows of the Cheyenne. The texts are primarily in English and detail the origin of the arrows and describe the Medicine arrows ceremony. The prayers and songs are in Cheyenne. Also includes notes on Sun Dance.
The following is a list of the contents: (Folder 1) "The 4 arrows." Bull Thigh, Somers. pages 1-23. (Folder 2) "Further information on the 4 arrows." September 10, 1910. Somers. pages 1-24. (Folder 2) Notes on Sun Dance from Bull Thigh. September 10, 1910. pages 1-2. (Folder 3) "Somers fills in gaps of 4 arrows left out by the priest (tells own experiences)." September 9, 1910. Somers pages 1-43. (Folder 4) "3rd day before the ceremony proper." 7 pages. (Folder 5) "The 4 arrows; 4th day of the ceremonies."September 13, 1910. Somers. pages 1-10. (Folder 6) "Words of 1 arrow song; 4th song." September 7. Bull Thigh, Somers. 9 pages. "Arrow song with words," prayers, oaths, creed. September 13. Somers. 11 pages. (Folder 7) Diagrams illustrating parts of the ceremonies, Somers. 5 pages.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 2799

Local Note
Local Note
Title changed from "Notes on Medicine arrows of the Cheyenne September 7-13, 1910" 4/8/2014.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Manuscript 2799, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Cheyenne Indians -- Religion Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Medicine bundles Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rites and ceremonies Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sun Dance Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cheyenne language Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation (Mont.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Cheyenne Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Great Plains Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
naa@si.edu
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