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MS 2799 Texts and notes on Medicine arrows of the Cheyenne from Bull Thigh and William Somers

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:
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.

Administration

Sponsor
Digitization and preparation of these materials for online access has been funded through generous support from the Arcadia Fund.

Digital Content


Using the Collection

Preferred Citation
Manuscript 2799, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

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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.


Keywords

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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Cheyenne Indians -- Religion Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Medicine bundles Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rites and ceremonies Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sun Dance Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cheyenne language Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation (Mont.) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Cheyenne) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Great Plains Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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