The Pawnee Indians


Author: George E. Hyde

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806120942

Category: Social Science

Page: 372

View: 3999

No assessment of the Plains Indians can be complete without some account of the Pawnees. They ranged from Nebraska to Mexico and, when not fighting among themselves, fought with almost every other Plains tribe at one time or another. Regarded as "aliens" by many other tribes, the Pawnees were distinctively different from most of their friends and enemies. George Hyde spent more than thirty years collecting materials for his history of the Pawnees. The story is both a rewarding and a painful one. The Pawnee culture was rich in social and religious development. But the Pawnees' highly developed political and religious organization was not a source of power in war, and their permanent villages and high standard of living made them inviting and 'fixed targets for their enemies. They fought and sometimes defeated larger tribes, even the Cheyennes and Sioux, and in one important battle sent an attacking party of Cheyennes home in humiliation after seizing the Cheyennes' sacred arrows. While many Pawnee heroes died fighting off enemy attacks on Loup Fork, still more died of smallpox, of neglect at the hands of the government, and of errors in the policies of Quaker agents. In many ways The Pawnee Indians is the best synthesis Hyde ever wrote. It looks far back into tribal history, assessing Pawnee oral history against anthropological evidence and examining military patterns and cultural characteristics. Hyde tells the story of the Pawnees objectively, reinforcing it with firsthand accounts gleaned from many sources, both Indian and white.

The Pawnee


Author: Theresa Jensen Lacey

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 143810376X

Category: Indians of North America

Page: 105

View: 7157

The Pawnee originally called Kansas and Nebraska home and consist of four autonomous bands - the Chaui, Pitahawirata, Kitkahahki, and Skiri. They are well known for serving as scouts for the U.S. army in helping to track down their longtime enemies, the Cheyenne and Sioux, during the Indian wars of the 1870s-80s - a role that was portrayed in the 1990 movie Dances with Wolves.

The Pawnee Nation


Author: Anna Lee Walters

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9780736805018

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 6779

Provides an overview of the past and present lives of the Pawnee Native Americans including their history, food and clothing, homes and family life, religion, music, and government.

Indian Sketches Taken During an Expedition to the Pawnee and Other Tribes of American Indians


Author: John Treat Irving

Publisher: N.A


Category: Four Confederated Bands of Pawnees

Page: N.A

View: 9892

First British edition (and best edition, according to Howes), published the same year as the first American. Henry Ellsworth was commissioner in charge of this government expedition, undertaken with the purpose of signing a peace treaty with the Pawnee and Otoe tribes. Irving "tells the story of the council at the Pawnee village, the signing of peace and incidentally the tale of the 'human sacrifice' afterwards so famous"

The Pawnee

Farmers and Hunters of the Central Plains


Author: Karen Bush Gibson

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9780736821810

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 8562

Provides an overview of the past and present Pawnee people. Tracing their customs, family life, history, and culture as well as relations with the U.S. government.

The Pawnee Nation

An Annotated Research Bibliography


Author: Judith A. Boughter

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810849907

Category: Reference

Page: 305

View: 1767

The Pawnees have appeared in many historical documents, from early Spanish accounts and journals of American explorers and adventurers to fascinating accounts of daily life by Quaker agents and Presbyterian missionaries during the nineteenth century. In recent years, Pawnee activists have taken the lead in the repatriation struggle and have fought for respectful burials of their ancestors' remains. This is the first comprehensive bibliography of the Pawnees, examining a wide spectrum of books and journals on Pawnee history, culture, and ethnology. Chapters are devoted to topics such as: Pawnee archaeology and anthropology, Myths and legends, Social organization, Material culture, Music and dance, Religion, Education, Repatriation. Entries are thoroughly annotated and evaluated, making this up-to-date research tool essential for historians, ethnologists, and other Pawnee researchers.



Author: Leslie Knope

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448142547

Category: Humor

Page: 256

View: 2100

Welcome to Pawnee: First in Friendship, Fourth in Obesity. Let Leslie Knope (as played by Amy Poehler on NBC's hit show Parks and Recreation) take you on a hilarious tour through her hometown, the Midwestern haven known as Pawnee, Indiana. Meet the city's colorful citizens, like much-loved public servant and man of nature Ron Swanson; learn about industrial giants such as Sweetums and the Kernston's Rubber Nipple factory; and explore hopping nightlife venues such as the Snake Hole, or indulge in the greatest waffles in the world at JJ's Diner (specialty meal: The Four Horse-Meals of the Egg-Pork-alypse). The book also delves into Pawnee's rich and varied history, including the time the whole town was on fire, or when that cult that took over in the 1970s, and how we overcame decades of conflict with (and some unfortunate massacres of) the Wamapoke Indians to live in harmony. Everything's definitely totally cool with them now. Packed with laugh-out-loud photographs, illustrations, and commentary by all the characters from the show, Pawnee is a must-read that will make you enjoy every moment of your stay in the Greatest Town in America.

Pawnee Hero Stories and Folk-tales

With Notes on the Origin, Customs, and Character of the Pawnee People


Author: George Bird Grinnell

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803250802

Category: Social Science

Page: 417

View: 6240

Traditional tales are accompanied by information on Pawnee history and customs

The Pawnee Ghost Dance Hand Game

Ghost Dance Revival and Ethnic Identity


Author: Alexander Lesser

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803279650

Category: Social Science

Page: 340

View: 9220

The Ghost Dance religion that swept through the Plains Indian tribes in the early 1890s was embraced wholeheartedly by the Pawnees. It was a message of hope to a people devastated by the attacks of enemy tribes, the encroachment of white settlers, and the outbreak of epidemics. For the Pawnees, who were looking to the U.S. government and trying unsuccessfully to farm their land, the Ghost Dance movement promised salvation: a restoration of the Indian dead, the buffalo, and the old times. Alexander Lesser shows how the Ghost Dance brought about a partial revival of traditional Pawnee culture and its dances and songs. The ancient guessing hand game, remembered best by a tribe starved for the joy of play, became an important part of the Ghost Dance ritual. What had been a gambling game, a representation of warfare played by men, was transformed into a sacred game played by both sexes as an expression of faith or ?good fortune.? Lesser surveys the history of the Pawnee Indians and their relations with the federal government and describes in detail the Ghost Dance hand games that ?were the chief intellectual product of Pawnee culture? from the onset of the messianic movement to the original publication of this book in 1933. Citing such authorities as James Mooney and Stewart Culin, Lesser produced an enduring classic, now introduced by Alice Beck Kehoe, a professor of anthropology at Marquette University and the author of The Ghost Dance: Ethnohistory and Revitalization.



Author: Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh

Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company

ISBN: 1617848905

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 6754

An introduction to the history, social life, customs, and present life of the Pawnee Indians.

The Pawnee Mythology


Author: George Amos Dorsey

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803266032

Category: Social Science

Page: 546

View: 4109

The Pawnee Mythology, originally published in 1906, preserves 148 tales of the Pawnee Indians, who farmed and hunted and lived in earth-covered lodges along the Platte River in Nebraska. The stories, collected from surviving members of four bands-Skidi, Pitahauirat, Kitkehahki, and Chaui-were generally told during intermissions of sacred ceremonies. Many were accompanied by music. George A. Dorsey recorded these Pawnee myths early in the twentieth century after the tribe's traumatic removal from their ancestral homeland to Oklahoma. He included stories of instruction concerning supernatural beings, the importance of revering such gifts as the buffalo and corn, and the results of violating nature. Hero tales, forming another group, usually centered on a poor boy who overcame all odds to benefit the tribe. Other tales invited good fortune, recognized wonderful beings like the witch women and spider women, and explained the origin of medicine powers. Coyote tales were meant to amuse while teaching ethics. George A. Dorsey (1868-1931) was a distinguished anthropologist and journalist who also wrote about the traditions of the Arapahos, Arikaras, and Osages. Douglas R. Parks is a professor of anthropology and associate director of the American Indian Studies Research Institute at Indiana University. He is the editor of James R. Murie's Ceremonies of the Pawnee (Nebraska 1989) and the editor and translator of Myths and Traditions of the Arikara Indians (Nebraska 1996).

Pawnee County, Nebraska

As it Was, Is, and is to Be, with a New County Map and Directory : Illustrated


Author: A. Besom

Publisher: N.A


Category: Pawnee County (Neb.)

Page: 78

View: 6149

The Pawnee War


Author: Shawn J. Farritor

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1483695875

Category: Fiction

Page: 281

View: 8752

The Pawnee War was a series of skirmishes and confrontations between white settlers, Nebraska Organized Militia, and a detachment of U.S. Army dragoons in the early summer of 1859. The Nebraska Militias march up the Elkhorn River Valley and parlay with the Pawnee on a windswept hill near the present site of Battle Creek, Nebraska, was unique in the history of the American West. It was the only time a territorial governor led armed forces into direct military confrontation with a Native American tribe. Nebraska Territorial Governor Samuel Black took this dubious honor and he remains the only Nebraska governor to command military forces on the field of battle.

A Dictionary of Skiri Pawnee


Author: Douglas Richard Parks,Lula Nora Pratt

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803220478

Category: Social Science

Page: 548

View: 6510

"The volume comprises approximately 4,500 entries that represent the basic vocabulary of the Skiri language. To assist users, the introduction features a description of the Skiri sound system and an alphabet, as well as a short description of Skiri grammar that outlines the categories and constituent morphemes composing Skiri words. The first section of the dictionary presents entries arranged alphabetically by English glosses; the second section is arranged alphabetically by Skiri words and stems. Separate appendixes provide representative conjugations of Skiri verbs, a list of irregular verb roots, and charts of kinship terms."--BOOK JACKET.

The Pawnee Mission Letters, 1834-1851


Author: Richard E. Jensen

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803230443

Category: History

Page: 712

View: 1554

This collection of letters written by and to the missionaries, as well as their journal entries, illustrates the life of the mission, from the everyday complications of building and maintaining a community far from urban areas, to the navigation of the bureaucratic policies of the federal government and the American Board, to the ideological differences of the Pawnees' multiple missionaries and the ensuing rift within the community. These writings provide a unique and personal portrayal of this small white community in the heart of the Pawnees' domain.