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MS 2822 Cheyenne stories and ethnological notes collected by Truman Michelson

Creator:
Michelson, Truman, 1879-1938  Search this
American Horse, circa 1847  Search this
Bull Thigh, circa 1829-  Search this
Grasshopper, circa 1857-  Search this
Handing Crow (Cheyenne)  Search this
Iron Shirt, circa 1835-  Search this
Left Hand Bull, circa 1826-  Search this
Medicine Top  Search this
Sweet Medicine, circa 1867  Search this
White Bull, circa 1835-  Search this
White Eagle, circa 1853-  Search this
Somers, William Abe, circa 1865-  Search this
Duster, Albert, circa 1889- (interpreter)  Search this
Wolf Chief, circa 1851  Search this
Extent:
158 Pages
Culture:
Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Cheyenne)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Field notes
Folklore
Narratives
Manuscripts
Place:
Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation (Mont.)
Date:
1910
Scope and Contents:
Cheyenne stories and ethnological notes collected by Truman Michelson at the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana. Michelson worked with William Somers, White Bull, White Eagle, Albert Duster, Wolf Chief, Left Hand Bull, American Horse, Grasshopper, Iron Shirt, Medicine Top, Handing Crow, Sweet Medicine, and Bull Thigh. The topics include camp divisions, war societies, weapons, dances, camp circle, personal narratives, and origin myths. Somers, who served as translator for Michelson, also authored many of the stories in this collection. These include: "Story of Great Foolish Dogs Society," "Morning Star or White Rabbit," "The Star Husband," "Indian looking for work," and "Story of Pipe and Smoke."
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 2822
Local Note:
Title changed from "Ethnological notes on Cheyenne origin myths, camp divisions, war societies, weapons, dances, camp circle, and personal narratives and stories, August-September 1919" 4/1/2014.
Topic:
Social structure  Search this
Indian dance -- North America  Search this
Cheyenne language  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Field notes
Folklore
Narratives
Manuscripts
Citation:
Manuscript 2822, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS2822
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms2822
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MS 2828 Cheyenne and Sutaio stories and notes collected by Truman Michelson

Creator:
Michelson, Truman, 1879-1938  Search this
Informant:
Badger, circa 1848-  Search this
Bull Thigh, circa 1829-  Search this
Medicine Top  Search this
Somers, William Abe, circa 1865-  Search this
Tall Bull, circa 1853-  Search this
Extent:
300 Items (ca. pages ca. 300 pages)
Culture:
Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Cheyenne)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Folklore
Narratives
Manuscripts
Field notes
Place:
Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation (Mont.)
Date:
1910 August 25-September 8
Scope and Contents:
Cheyenne and Sutaio stories and notes collected by Truman Michelson from his work with Badger, Bull Thigh, Medicine Top, William Somers, and Tall Bull at the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. The notes include information about war and medicine societies and Cheyenne and Sutaio history.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 2828
Local Note:
Title changed from "Cheyenne Stories and Narratives August 25- September 8, 1910" 5/13/2014.
Topic:
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Social structure  Search this
Cheyenne Indians -- History  Search this
Genre/Form:
Folklore
Narratives
Manuscripts
Field notes
Citation:
Manuscript 2828, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS2828
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms2828
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MS 2799 Texts and notes on Medicine arrows of the Cheyenne from Bull Thigh and William Somers

Creator:
Michelson, Truman, 1879-1938  Search this
Informant:
Bull Thigh, circa 1829-  Search this
Somers, William Abe, circa 1865-  Search this
Extent:
131 Pages
Culture:
Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Cheyenne)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Folklore
Narratives
Field notes
Sketches
Place:
Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation (Mont.)
Date:
1910 September 7-13
Scope and Contents:
Text and notes collected by Truman Michelson in Montana from Bull Thigh and William Somers on the sacred Medicine arrows of the Cheyenne. The texts are primarily in English and detail the origin of the arrows and describe the Medicine arrows ceremony. The prayers and songs are in Cheyenne. Also includes notes on Sun Dance.

The following is a list of the contents: (Folder 1) "The 4 arrows." Bull Thigh, Somers. pages 1-23. (Folder 2) "Further information on the 4 arrows." September 10, 1910. Somers. pages 1-24. (Folder 2) Notes on Sun Dance from Bull Thigh. September 10, 1910. pages 1-2. (Folder 3) "Somers fills in gaps of 4 arrows left out by the priest (tells own experiences)." September 9, 1910. Somers pages 1-43. (Folder 4) "3rd day before the ceremony proper." 7 pages. (Folder 5) "The 4 arrows; 4th day of the ceremonies."September 13, 1910. Somers. pages 1-10. (Folder 6) "Words of 1 arrow song; 4th song." September 7. Bull Thigh, Somers. 9 pages. "Arrow song with words," prayers, oaths, creed. September 13. Somers. 11 pages. (Folder 7) Diagrams illustrating parts of the ceremonies, Somers. 5 pages.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 2799
Local Note:
Title changed from "Notes on Medicine arrows of the Cheyenne September 7-13, 1910" 4/8/2014.
Topic:
Cheyenne Indians -- Religion  Search this
Medicine bundles  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Sun Dance  Search this
Cheyenne language  Search this
Genre/Form:
Folklore
Narratives
Field notes
Sketches
Citation:
Manuscript 2799, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS2799
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms2799
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MS 2684-a Truman Michelson notes on Cheyenne and Sutaio

Creator:
Michelson, Truman, 1879-1938  Search this
Wolf Chief, circa 1851  Search this
Bull Thigh, circa 1829-  Search this
Wrapped Hair, circa 1836-  Search this
Whiteman, Milton  Search this
Extent:
50 Pages
Culture:
Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Cheyenne)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Folklore
Field notes
Vocabulary
Place:
Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation (Mont.)
Date:
1913 August 11-15
Scope and Contents:
Cheyenne and Sutaio notes collected by Truman Michelson from Wolf Chief, Bull Thigh, and Wrapped Hair, with Milton Whiteman as interpreter. Subjects include: Sutaio-Cheyenne history, Cheyenne relationship terms, joking relationship, English-Cheyenne-Sutaio vocabulary, Cheyenne soldier societies (Red Hoof society, Dog Soldiers, Elk society, Fox soldiers), Sutaio tales (Everybody starving, Prairie chicken), Sutaio customs, Cheyenne customs, and berdaches. According to the BAE catalog card, these notes were collected in Clinton, Oklahoma, which is most likely incorrect. His 1913-1914 correspondence in the Records of the BAE and the 35th BAE Annual Report indicate that he conducted fieldwork on the Sutaio during this period at Tongue River Reservation in Montana.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 2684-a
Local Note:
Title changed from "Notes on Cheyenne and Sutaio. August 11-15, 1913" 4/7/2014.
Topic:
Kinship  Search this
Joking relationships  Search this
Social structure  Search this
Two-spirit people  Search this
Cheyenne language  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Cheyenne Indians -- History  Search this
Genre/Form:
Folklore
Field notes
Vocabulary
Citation:
Manuscript 2684-a, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS2684A
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms2684a
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