Plains Cree Texts

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Contents

Ancient Life The SunDance
2
The Character and Knowledge of the Cree
4
Dances
12
The SunDance
18
Three Songs
22
The Past
25
How SweetGrass Became Chief
26
How SweetGrass Became Chief Second Version
28
The Jealous Warrior
98
A Great Herd
102
An Embassy to the Snakes
116
In the Days of the SmallPox
120
A Blackfoot Adulteress and her Salteau Husband
124
How Women were Treated
134
How the Blackfoot Shared their Wives
136
How the Blackfoot Killed their Wives
138

SweetGrass as a Young Man
30
SweetGrass Defeats the Blackfoot and Sarsi
34
Four Cree Resist the Blackfoot
40
The Story of Solomon
44
The Treacherous Wife
50
The Magic Horse
58
The Story of CherryTree
62
The Story of Skirt O
70
RockSculptures
78
A Battle
82
A Brave Boy
90
The Powers Around Us
143
An Assiniboine WarParty is Stopped by Evil Portents
144
A Dead Blackfoot Recovers his Ornaments
146
A Buffalo in Human Form
148
The Man Who Wore Red
150
CannibalPossession
152
The PockMark Cure
156
A Woman Kills a Great Serpent
158
Man and Bear
164
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About the author (1974)

Leonard Bloomfield, an American professor of Germanic languages, created the field of linguistics as a branch of science. In studying such non-Western languages as Tagalog, spoken in the Philippines, he realized the futility of trying to fit all languages into the format of Latin grammar in the common practice in his time. Bloomfield went on to discover the principles of language itself. His book Language (1933) integrated the field of linguistics for the first time. He was one of the founders of the Linguistic Society of America, and he wrote an article for the first issue of its journal in which he explained the need for a society for the new discipline. Bloomfield died in 1949.

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