The Cheyenne Way: Conflict and Case Law in Primitive Jurisprudence

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Author: Llewellyn, Karl Nickerson (1893-1962) and E Adamson Hoebel

Year: 1941

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

Place: Norman


360 pages with 8 illustrations, including frontispiece, and index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/2") bound in yellow cloth with brown lettering to spine and pictorial to cover in original pictorial jacket. First edition.

The Cheyenne Indians are one of the most colorful and famous tribes of the American plains. The westernmost branch of the Algonkian language group, they had their origins in the woodlands of the upper Mississippi Valley, buth they are familiar in American history for their more recent habitat along the high plains east of the Rocky Mountains. Divided after 1833 into the Northern and Southern Cheyennes, the ranged from Montana to Oklahoma and were know and feared by travelers on both the Santa Fe and Oregon trails. Their culture, in common with that of the other plains tribes, was seminomadic, pastoral and dependent upon the hunt as based upon a horse and buffalo economy. In contrast to the others of the plains, the Cheyennes are renowned for their clearly designed sense of form and structured institution within the cultural pattern of their tribe. It is this trait which has attracted the unique collaboration of a legal theorist and an anthropologist, who have directed their research and field studies toward defining the law-ways of a primitive, non-literal people. The Cheyenne Way presents these folkways in law through the technique of the American case lawyer, adjusted to the requirements of the anthropologist with his scientific understanding of human behavior and realistic sociology. thus interpreted, the legal principles are shown in an accessible working relationship to social science at large.


Previous owner's name on front paste down, some occasional underlining to text and fold over dust wrapper flaps, corners bumped, and rubbed. Jacket corners chipped at edges and spine ends, tears to edges else a very good copy in about a very good jacket.

SOLD 2017

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