Súumesh - Wéyekin - Baaxpée
Applications of súumesh songs, words and objects, along with snqhepi'wes songs
Choice. But in this world animated with medicine, with súumesh, this does not suggest a fatalistic, deterministic world. Humans have agency and choice; they can elect to seek and travel the spiritual world or not.
John and the Two Caves (EJ)
Julyamsh L3 Interview Examples Landscape pp. 211-221
Game and other "Games" (snqhepi'wes
Story Texts: a high school basketball game, and at a Kiowa/Crow Handgame, and the pressure is on and a medicine bundle, World of the Crow pp. 144, 147, 148. Handgame (65 min., a 2000 Larry Johnson film, Handgame/Stick Game instructions)
Story Texts: Dolls and In Coffee (Apsáalooke)
Story Text: Katherine and the Lost Girl (Apsáalooke) World of the Crow p. 145
War and Combat
Story Texts: War Shields, Vietnam and Pouch (EJ) World of the Crow p. 127, and Bar Fight and Two Bullets (EJ) (Apsáalooke) World of the Crow p. 131
Fishing, Hunting, Camus Root Digging
Story Texts: John and controlling the Wind at a Sundance (Apsáalooke) World of the Crow p. 123, and Landscape pp. 204-211
An Indian Name
(power of words) -
Story Texts: My own (Apsáalooke and Schitsu'umsh)
The Sweat House
Story Text: a "wounded" and reluctant young man, and his first Sweat (Schitsu'umsh), and what were you doing at age 10? ("Mish" - Warm Springs); Landscape pp. 220-231 -
Collective Ceremonies: The Jump Dance - Winter Medicine Dance
Story Text: "welcome home" to the students and "Blue Jaying" (EJ)(Schitsu'umsh), Doctoring on Second Day, and "Water" from Center Pole (EJ)(Apsáalooke); Landscape pp 231-240 and Apsáalooke Sundance
Ceremonies: External Healing and Internal Healing
(example of acknowledging and participating in multiple yet mutually exclusive realities
simultaneously; Charting your Healing Journey; Offering
Gifts (snqhepi'wes and
Story Texts: "family" at Warm Springs, and My own healing journey, with Head and Heart ways, and of being "attentive" and taking responsible; Wagon Wheel and Burnt Face; getting down to your "bones," my "rocks" - "Indian Names" and a Buffalo; a gift of empathy and health (Apsáalooke and Schitsu'umsh)
Funeral, Wake and Burial
and "Crossing the
Waters, Returning to the Mountains, Preparing the Camp" (primarily
songs) Landscape pp. 240-250 -
Story Text: "a brother"
So how are these applications of súumesh integrated into the lives of people today - what are their roles and functions?
"Amo'tqn and the Bear Song" p. 35 "Landscape . . . ."
A Medicine Lodge Ceremony Prior to the Hunt" p. 48 "Landscape . . . "
"Deer, Rock and Earth" p. 181 "Landscape . . . ."
"Sweat with my Sile'" p. 223 "Landscape . . . . "
"The Womb" p. 224 "Landscape . . . "
"You'll Hear a Song" p. 227 "Landscape . . . "
"Prayer of Healing" p. 229 "Landscape . . . "
"Wounded People" p. 230 "Landscape . . . "
"Then We Jumped . . ." p. 232 "Landscape . . . "
"They Blue Jayed" p. 234 "Landscape . . . "
"Song Is the Hoof Glue of Our People" p. 238 "Landscape . . ."
Hopi Ceremonialism: Katcinas and Kiva Symbolism Hopi Ceremonialism: Snake-Antelope Ceremony
Dine Landscape Dry Paintings and Healing and video: Billy Yellow (18 min., on Navajo healing ceremony; notes on Billy Yellow) and Huichol Healing (17 min.)
Northwest Coast Ceremonial Arts
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