Hidatsa Social and Ceremonial Organization
Publisher: Government Printing Office
xii+528pp with 13 plates with frontispiece, 5 maps, 14 charts. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6") issued in green cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 194. 1st edition.
The Hidatsa Indians were originally called GrossVentre (Grow van tru) by French trappers and traders. They built earth-lodges on bluffs over-looking the Mississippi River. All three of these tribes had permanently lived in earth-lodge villages for centuries before the coming of the white man. Besides the similarity of social and economic life, the people of these tribes have differed in areas such as language. The Mandan and Hidatsa speak a Siouan dialect, while the Arikara are members of the Caddoan linguistic group being related to the Pawnee. There were also other differences between the tribes besides language. The Mandan and Hidatsa were village farmers, hunters, artists, merchants and bankers on the plains. There was even evidence found indicating these two groups of Indians were dealing with other Indians from the southwest. The Arikara insisted on acting as a broker in their bartering with the Mexican and the deep southwest Indians in trading for corn during the recurrent droughts, which plagued the southwest.
A very good to fine copy issued without dust jacket.
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