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Scope and Contents:
151 cyanotypes. Artifacts are mostly from the Department's ethnology collections.
Culture areas include North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East (Abyssinia).
Items shown include artifacts (ethnological & archeological), exhibits/dioramas & models, paintings by Catlin and others, ethnological artifacts, spinning wheel (walking), miscellaneous pages from published works, ceramics, medicine bundle? (7:177 & others?), tuscarora drawing (7:124), ethno. photo of family spinning & weaving in Alabama (7:125).
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Three handwritten Piegan Blackfoot stories in English, collected by Truman Michelson in Montana in 1910. Contents: "The Beaver-Bundle," by George Pablo. July 13, 1910. 35 pages; Concerning the buffalo drive (piskan), by Mountain Chief (interpreter, David C. Duvall). June 22, 1910. 3 pages; "The woman who turned into a bear," by Mrs. Julie White Swan. June 23, 1910. 13 pages.
Meskwaki (Fox) syllabic text by Alfred Kiyana on a Fox clan sacred bundle, with two English translations. The first translation is in Truman Michelson's hand, likely dictated by Harry Lincoln. The second translation is a summary with "Bill Leaf?" written on top of the first page. The Meskawaki text and translations were collected by Michelson in Tama, Iowa.
Meskwaki (Fox) syllabic text by Alfred Kiyana on the twin girls who created the buffalo head sacred bundle. Includes an English translation, titled "The twin girls," by an unidentified writer and two pages of translation notes by Truman Michelson. Texts collected by Michelson in Tama, Iowa.
Meskwaki (Fox) syllabic text by George Black Cloud on Sakimagewa (Saùkimaùhkweùwa) sacred pack of the Bear Gens. An English translation was provided by Horace Poweshiek. Truman Michelson added grammatical notes throughout the texts.
Meskwaki (Fox) syllabic text by Alfred Kiyana on the flying around sacred bundle, with an English translation by Horace Poweshiek. The English translation is dated 1915 on page 23. Kiyana's text is undated. Texts collected by Truman Michelson in Tama, Iowa.
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.
NAA MS 2799
Title changed from "Notes on Medicine arrows of the Cheyenne September 7-13, 1910" 4/8/2014.
Two texts in Meskwaki (Fox) syllabary handwritten by Jack Bullard and English translations by George Young Bear. The texts by Bullard are "Meshkwihowa" and "Little River blessed by Wisahkeha." The English translations are for pages 2-67 of "Little River blessed by Wisahkeha" and for a "Pinash bundle" text in MS 2696.
NAA MS 2677
Title changed from "Fox texts" 4/4/2014.
Other Archival Materials:
See MS 2696 for the Meskwaki text of "Pinash bundle."
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