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Wedding Clothes and the Osage Community - (Material Vernaculars) by Daniel C Swan & Jim Cooley

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Number of Pages: 320

Genre: Social Science

Sub-Genre: Ethnic Studies

Series Title: Material Vernaculars

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Age Range: Teen

Book theme: Native American Studies

Author: Daniel C Swan & Jim Cooley

Language: English

Street Date: October 21, 2019
TCIN: 77768390
UPC: 9780253043023
Item Number (DPCI): 247-05-9401


Wedding Clothes and the Osage Community: A Giving Heritage explores how gift exchange, motivated by the values of generosity and hospitality, serves as a critical component in the preservation and perpetuation of Osage society. Authors, Daniel C. Swan and Jim Cooley collaborate with members of the Osage Nation to discuss this foundational cultural practice over two centuries and in multiple social contexts.

The book begins with an in-depth examination of the M�zhin form of marriage, which bound two extended Osage families together for economic, biologic, and social reasons intended to produce value and community cohesion for the larger society. Swan and Cooley then follow the movement of Osage bridal regalia from the M�zhin from of marriage into the "Paying for the Drum" ceremony of the Osage Ilonshka--a variant of the Plains Grass Dance, which is a nativistic movement that spread throughout the Plains and Prairie regions of the United States in the 1890s. The Ilonshka dance and its associated organization provide a spiritual charter for the survival of the ancient Osage physical divisions, or "districts" as they are called today. Swan and Cooley demonstrate how the process of re-chartering elements of material culture and their associated meanings from one ceremony to another serves as an example of the ways in which the Osage people have adapted their cultural values to changing economic and political conditions. At the core of this historical trajectory is a broad system of Osage social relations predicated on status, reciprocity, and cooperation. Through Osage weddings and the Ilonshka dance the Osage people reinforce and strengthen the social relations that provide a foundation for their respective communities.

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