Kiowa, Apache, and Comanche Military Societies: Enduring Veterans, 1800 to the Present

Kiowa, Apache, and Comanche Military Societies: Enduring Veterans, 1800 to the Present

By: William C. Meadows (author)Paperback

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Winner, A Choice Outstanding Academic Book For many Plains Indians, being a warrior and veteran has long been the traditional pathway to male honor and status. Men and boys formed military societies to celebrate victories in war, to perform community service, and to prepare young men for their role as warriors and hunters. By preserving cultural forms contained in song, dance, ritual, language, kinship, economics, naming, and other semireligious ceremonies, these societies have played an important role in maintaining Plains Indian culture from the pre-reservation era until today. In this book, Williams C. Meadows presents an in-depth ethnohistorical survey of Kiowa, Apache, and Comanche military societies, drawn from extensive interviews with tribal elders and military society members, unpublished archival sources, and linguistic data. He examines their structure, functions, rituals, and martial symbols, showing how they fit within larger tribal organizations. And he explores how military societies, like powwows, have become a distinct public format for cultural and ethnic continuity.

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William C. Meadows is Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies at Missouri State University.


* List of Illustrations * List of Tables * Preface * Acknowledgements * Pronunciation Guide: The Parker McKenzie Kiowa Language Orthography *1. Sodalities and Plains Indian Military Societies *2. Yapfahegau: Kiowa Military Societies to 1875 *3. The Decline and Revival of Kiowa Military Societies, 1875 to the Present *4. Plains Apache Naishan Military Societies *5. Comanche Military Societies *6. Comparison and Conclusions * Notes * Bibliography * Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/01/2003
  • ISBN13: 9780292705180
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 528
  • ID: 9780292705180
  • weight: 1078
  • ISBN10: 0292705182

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