- Series: Pennsylvania German History and Culture (Book 8)
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Penn State University Press; Reprint edition (July 18, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0271075759
- ISBN-13: 978-0271075754
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Powwowing Among the Pennsylvania Dutch: A Traditional Medical Practice in the Modern World (Pennsylvania German History and Culture) Reprint Edition
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“Making the subject even more fascinating is Kriebel’s contention that some modern powwow activists have reinvigorated the ancient practice as a ‘new age’ phenomenon. Altogether, a fascinating exploration of a novel subject.”
—Sol Puech, Bloomsbury Review
“A well-written and wonderfully enjoyable book. Part of the volume’s appeal stems from Kriebel’s integration of case studies and appendices that allow powwowers and their clients to speak for themselves.”
—Karol K. Weaver, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
“An engaging introduction to the practice, and . . . a serious source for the study of a field to which there has been paid far too little attention.”
—Arthur Lawton, Journal of Folklore Research
“An engaging read that illustrates the longevity of folkways within American ethnic groups despite the changes in the larger worlds of medicine and culture.”
—James Higgins, H-Penn
About the Author
David W. Kriebel is an anthropologist and writer specializing in religion and medicine. He has published articles on powwowing in The Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies, The Pennsylvania German Review, and Esoterica.
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So, with that persepctive, I found this book to be very interesting. I read up on the practice of pow-wow out of curiosity. This book, while seeming to have a sympathetic undercurrent to the custom, is a good study of the practice and what it is about, how it is viewed inside and outside the PA German communities, and also addresses the relatve successes and failures of the practice.
All in all, a great read for those of us who want to learn more about the practice in a scholarly way.
How do I know? I have read about, studied and practiced Powwow for over thirty years and have written on the subject myself for academic and popular sources. If you really want to understand the history, social culture and practice of Powwow, read this book. Especially interesting are the interviews with actual Powwows and others involved in the practice. The research is well-documented for those of us who enjoy reading and checking the footnotes. Every library should have a copy.
This book is destined to becomne a classic! Well done!