SWEET MEDICINE: THE CONTINUING ROLE OF THE SACRED ARROWS, THE SUN DANCE, AND THE SACRED BUFFALO HAT IN NORTHERN CHEYENNE HISTORY.
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1969. Two volumes (complete): xxxvii,428pp.; xi,502pp. Index. Frontis. Illustrations. Photographs. Map. Bibliography. Black cloth with title in gilt on the spine in publisher’s slipcase. First edition. The books are fine copies. The slipcase shows minor rubbing of the paper labels and a small frayed area at the top rear edge, overall good+. Volume I recounts the tribal history against the background of the two great spiritual tragedies in Cheyenne life, the loss of the Sacred Arrows and the desecration of the Sacred Buffalo Hat. The battles in the Indian Wars are told from Cheyenne sources with much new material including an account of the Little Big Horn fight with Custer. Volume II records the contemporary Sacred Arrow and Sun Dance ceremonies in their entirety. The author, a priest, relied on 35 Northern and Southern Cheyenne as primary sources for his book.