Warriors of the Plains: The Arts of Plains Indian Warfare [Paperback]

Max Carocci (Author)

ISBN: 9780714125978 | Published by: British Museum Press | Year of Publication: 2012 | Language: English 160p, 150 col illus

Warriors of the Plains


Warriors of the Plains explores the art of North American Plains Indian warriors - weapons, amulets, clothing and ceremonial objects - with particular emphasis on their ritual use and symbolic meanings. Unlike most books on Plains Indians, which have a purely historical focus, this title examines continuity and change between historic warrior societies and contemporary Native American military associations. Originally set up as clubs to organise war raids and to police seasonal cycles of nomadic hunting, warrior societies today maintain much of the Plains Indians' ethos, vigorously reinforcing their cultural, national and ethnic identity. With a new approach to the subject the author reveals how specific items and symbols - objects of "ritual and honour" - such as the American flag, eagle feathers and medicine bundles have been used over the last 200 years, as well as exploring the introduction of new elements in modern ceremonial practices such as powwow dance competitions and war veterans' celebrations. Lavishly illustrated with objects from the British Museum's important collections, as well as archival material, this book features previously unpublished material. Max Carocci has been conducting research on Plains Indians since 1989. Since 2006 he has been researching and collecting in this area for the British Museum and is the curator of the touring exhibition "Warriors of the Plains: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual". He lectures on Indigenous American Arts at Birkbeck College, University of London and is editor of the Anthropological Index Online run by the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Table of Contents

1. Contextualising the Arts of Plains Indian Warfare
2. Historic Plains Cultures before the Twentieth Century
3. Warrior Societies and Ceremonial Life
4. Warriors and the Technologies of Warfare
5. Continuity and Change in the Warrior Tradition

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