Sundancing: The Great Sioux Piercing Ritual
To the Plains Indians, the Sun Dance has traditionally been a profound religious ceremony, the highest form of worship of the Most Holy One. Thomas E. Mails was invited to attend and record in detail the Sioux Sun Dances at Rosebud and Pine Ridge. This was a singular honor no white man has been accorded before or since. The result is this groundbreaking work, illustrated with rare photographs and stunning four-color paintings.
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Almighty altar Black Elk Blackfeather Brulé buffalo skull bundle Bushotter camp circuit cloth color dancers Delbert Densmore Eagle Feather earth east feet flags flesh offerings Fools Crow Frances Densmore Frank Fools Crow George Eagle Elk ground healing ceremony held hole holy Indian Intercessor Jesse White July Keeper leader live lodge male pledgers medicine medicine men moved Mystery Circle non-Indian Oglala Old Man Four painted participants Peace Pipe pierced Pine Ridge Pine Ridge Reservation pipe rack pledgers facing pledgers rested prayed prayers Preparations Tipi pulled rawhide red power religion rocks ropes Rosebud Reservation Sacred Pipe sacred pole Sacred Tree sage side singers skewer skin smoke songs South Dakota spectators Spirit stick Sun Dance Sun Pole sweatlodge sweet grass Teton Sioux things tied Titus Smith touch the Tree tribe vision quest Wakan-Tanka whistles White women Yellow Hawk Yuwipi
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