Publisher description for Blessing for a long time : the sacred pole of the Omaha Tribe / Robin Ridington, text and Dennis Hastings (inaska) illustrations and documentation.


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Robin Ridington and Dennis Hastings ingeniously adopt the conventions of Omaha oral narratives to tell the story and convey the significance of the Sacred Pole. Portions of classic anthropological texts (particularly Fletcher and La Flesche’s The Omaha Tribe), Omaha narratives, and other historical and contemporary accounts are repeated—each time in a different, more enlightening context—in a circle of stories seamlessly woven around Umon’hon’ti. The result is an innovative account that effortlessly glides between past and present. This unique blend of Omaha poetics, ethnography, and ethnohistory is a significant contribution to our understanding of the religious life of Native Americans.




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Sacred Pole (Omaha rite)
Omaha Indians -- Religion.
Omaha Indians -- History.
Omaha Indians -- Material culture.