Dream Dance of the Chippewa and Menominee Indians of Northern Wisconsin (Bulletin of the Public Museum of Milwaukee : Vol 1)

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9780404154820: Dream Dance of the Chippewa and Menominee Indians of Northern Wisconsin (Bulletin of the Public Museum of Milwaukee : Vol 1)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 Excerpt: ...proceeded as follows: This consecrator, accompanied by two messengers, knelt at the position marked F in fig. I, facing the bell anklet at E, the kettle of meat at D and the cross which stood at C in the center of the circle. A special tune was played throughout this entire ceremony of consecration and while he was in this kneeling position he swayed his body from side to side in time to this music. After a minute or two of this swaying he extended his arms horizontally to their full length and then raised them slowly upward, with the palms of his hands downward, swaying them also in time to the music. When his arms had reached a position which brought them at an angle of 45 degrees with the perpendicular they being, of course, extended to their full length, he presented his palms upward and outward towards the east, after which he allowed his arms to drop to his sides. Still in this kneeling position he swayed his body in time to the music for a space of perhaps two or three minutes more after which the presenting of his palms toward the east was repeated in exactly the same manner as above described. This cycle was repeated four times in all.' The second division of the ceremony of consecration proceeded as follows: The consecrator, still accompanied by the two messengers, arose from his kneeling position and danced in place for perhaps a couple of minutes. He then advanced towards the bell anklet and made a motion as if to pick it up. At this time, of course, his position was on the west of the anklet and the kettle of meat. He next danced a complete circle around both these objects and approached them from the north, again making the motion as if to pick up the anklet. Next, after dancing in place for a minute or so, he repeated his dance in a circle ab...

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