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A Dancing People: Powwow Culture on the Southern Plains Hardcover – October, 2003

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"A landmark synthesis and defining moment in the modern era of Plains Indian studies."

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"A valuable and well-documented ethnohistory of reservation era and post-allotment dance traditions and gatherings on the Southern Plains."--Morris W. Foster, author of Being Comanche: A Social History of an American Indian Community

"Ellis has a gift for telling a good story well and a complex story with great subtlety. But he also listens, filling his work with the voices of Indians explaining the nature of the powwow and the meanings of being Indian, past and present."--David Rich Lewis, author of Neither Wolf Nor Dog: American Indians, Environment, and Agrarian Change

"A landmark synthesis and defining moment in the modern era of Plains Indian studies."--Daniel J. Gelo, translator and editor of Comanche Vocabulary: Trilingual Edition


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (October 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700612742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700612741
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,235,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Royal Horton on February 28, 2009
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[...] As a professional writer always looking for trustworthy research material, I found this book while looking for material on the modern custom of Native American "powwowing". During the summers, Native American peoples travel around the American West and Southwest, visiting dance festivals large and small they call powwows, where they hold dance contests. Dr. Clyde Ellis spent many years studying the several Indian tribes of Oklahoma, eventually becoming adopted into the culture and learning to dance himself. In this book, which is an anthropological text masquerading as an accessible book, a reader will learn about several important Native American dances, their histories and historians, and the great services they have afforded the People. The dancing has been one of the most important things that served to sustain all Native Americans through the last two genocidal centuries. Excellent.
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