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The Blood People: A Division of the Blackfoot Confederacy : An Illustrated Interpretation of the Old Ways Hardcover – June, 1977

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row; 1st edition (June 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064506002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064506007
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,800,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott D. Miller on December 7, 2013
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One problem of evaluating the goodness of an item like this is the subjective nature of the content.

I've been studying the Blackfeet people of NW Montana (the Bloods and Blackfeet are sister tribes with the same language, same societal practices, and freely intermarried). Besides books and websites, I've been to the Blackfeet reservation in 2011 and 2012. There is no consensuses among native people on what or how much to reveal to outsiders. In fact one of the old stories in this book was claimed by some to not be of Blackfeet/Blood origin at all. Several native-produced books don't have the story (the origin of the big dipper), but then at least one 19th century ethnographer collected it (and noted it how the storied varied from tribe to tribe), and Mr. Hungry Wolf included it in this book (p200). The curator at the Museum of the Plains Indian told me in 2012, "We don't tell you everything, and sometimes we lie and tell you what you want to hear." Another Blackfeet told me the story was of Blackfeet/Blood origin and the guy at the museum didn't know what he was talking about.

Mr Hungry Wolf is an Austrian who moved to western Canada and fell in love with the Blood people and with a Blood woman. He married her, took up Blood ways, was adopted into the tribe, started a family, and after some time began writing books with the blessing of several of the tribal elders. But I wonder, how much of this is real and how much is just what they think we want to hear?

Despite that, this book is terrific.

This book divided into two major sections: The first describes a modern Sun Dance event-by-event and what it all means (p2-225).
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