The Pawnee Indians


Author: George E. Hyde

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806120942

Category: Social Science

Page: 372

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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: 3409

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

Farmers and Hunters of the Central Plains


Author: Karen Bush Gibson

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9780736821810

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 6210

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


Author: Anna Lee Walters

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9780736805018

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 1036

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: 7544

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"



Author: Leslie Knope

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448142547

Category: Humor

Page: 256

View: 5280

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.



Author: Patrick Prugne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783868696561


Page: 104

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The Pawnee Nation

An Annotated Research Bibliography


Author: Judith A. Boughter

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810849907

Category: Reference

Page: 305

View: 4075

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: Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh

Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company

ISBN: 1617848905

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 6711

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

Pawnee and Kansa (Kaw) Indians

Notes on the Pawnee


Author: John Leland Champe,Thomas Melvin Griffiths,Waldo Rudolph Wedel,United States. Indian Claims Commission

Publisher: Dissertations-G


Category: Social Science

Page: 492

View: 7757

Ceremonies of the Pawnee


Author: James R. Murie

Publisher: University Press of Hawaii

ISBN: 9780898750836

Category: History

Page: 508

View: 4864

Written over half a century ago, the manuscript "Ceremonies of the Pawnee" is unusually significant in two respects: its contribution to Pawnee and Plains ethnology an its being authored by an Indian under unique circumstances. Of all the American Indian tribes of the Plains, the Pawnee and the closely related Arikara developed their religious philosophy and ceremonialism to its fullest; in fact, they may have developed them more than any other group north of Mexico. Yet in spite of this rich and complex religious life, no comprehensive and systematic description of it has been published. There are several excellent collections of mythology and descriptions in varying detail of particular ceremonies. Moreover, Weltfish (1965) has given a lengthy presentation of the round of Pawnee ceremonial and cultural life in the context of a panoply of personalities. Nowhere do we get the full detail and systematic presentation that James R. Murie has assembled here. Since traditional Pawnee religion of the 19th century is no longer viable, the practice of most of the ceremonies having ceased at their latest during the first quarter of this century and many of them much earlier, and since informants for nearly all of the ceremonies are long deceased, Murie's description is the only one of its sort that we shall ever possess; and so it has been and will continue to be the primary source on the subject.Murie was a native Pawnee of mixed blood (half Pawnee, half white), who lived most of his life among his people. This fact makes the manuscript particularly significant because major ethnographic descriptions written by Indians themselves, especially from an early period, are indeed rare. Murie received his education at Hampton Institute in the East, and several years after returning home he became associated with a succession of anthropologists interest in his tribe. His early work with Alice Fletcher launched an anthropological career in which he devoted himself to a study of Pawnee culture, especially religion and ceremonialism. That career, largely unrecognized by anthropologists, produced most of the ethnographic material we now have for the Pawnee and culminated in the present monograph, which was in large part written in collaboration with and under the direction of Clark Wissler, Murie collected and wrote up the material; Wissler assembled and organized it. Together they were able to complement the qualities of each other: Murie spoke Pawnee, knew tribal religious leader, and was able to deal with informants on a more intimate and protracted basis than anthropologists are generally able to do; Wissler had the academic training and was able to provide the necessary support.Another unusual contribution, equalled nowhere in the Plains ethnographic literature, is the collection of vision stories that underlie the songs of each of the doctors in the three ceremonies described.This work was completed in 1921, just before Murie's death.

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: 1461

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: 7063

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.