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The Lakota Ritual of the Sweat Lodge: History and Contemporary Practice (Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians) Paperback – 10 Jun 1966


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  • Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (10 Jun 1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803261659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803261655
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,104,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With an extended description of such an experience, Raymond A. Bucko begins his comprehensive study of the sweat-lodge rituals practised by the Lakota people on the big Pine Ridge reservation of South Dakota. If you delve beneath the surface , you find that Bucko's position has some interesting complexities about it. He points out that fieldworkers and anthropologists tend to create an orthodoxy where none has previously existed. Though he searches for authentic illustrations of the sweating practice, he rightly wonders what can be considered "authentic" in a time when Lakotas are increasingly influenced by Hollywood movies and New Age nostrums... Bucko stands in the debate as a champion of variation." - TLS, May 7, 1999

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Raymond A. Bucko is a professor of anthropology at Creighton University.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good introduction 17 July 2006
By Jase Peck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was very well done. Many people who are looking for information on what to expect from sweatlodges in general will benefit from this book. The author gives a good amount of information about the history and the many different styles of the inipi ceremony. I personally have been in many different inipi (sweatlodge) ceremonies and found that there are different styles but there are a lot of common things as well. This book is well written and well worth the read. The author sticks to just the plains indians style of lodges and does not go to compare with the many different styles of sweatlodges around the country and around the world. I liked that he kept his information consistant and from the people who wanted to share it first hand. There were quite a few people who shared information that might take a lifetime of looking to find.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great insight into this multifaceted ceremony! 28 Jun 2008
By Kevin Lunt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was a wonderful source of information for me to learn more about a ceremony that I'd been through countless times. The Sweatlodge is a powerful ritual on many different levels & this book sheds some light on that, especially for those of us not brought up in the Lakota culture.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good work! 5 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not only the most throughout chronicle of the sweat lodge ritual, but also one of the best books on contemporary Lakhota religion. Good work!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
haven't finished the book yet. 9 Sep 2013
By Timothy D. Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
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this book is uber technical, as you might expect from an jesuit. the descriptions are very anthropological, and overly complete, but it is quite a book. i intend to finish it, but it is rather dry. I have been doing ceremony on a lakota reservation for 25 years, and know a lot about the ceremony. have sweat with dozens of medicine men, and others. so far, the book is a tough read and not what I had expected, but there is a long way to go, and i think it is not a waste of time.

I don't know what i was expecting, but am utterly relieved to NOT read some new age drivel about a lakota ceremony. Jesuits are usually rather accurate, albeit academic. This writer writes from experience, with a strong academic flavor.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Native American beliefs and practices are fast fading from the scenery. 2 Aug 2011
By Andy K - Published on Amazon.com
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About a year ago, a neighbor talked about a Lakota Sweatlodge that several men were involved in. He further suggested that because I was in recovery from alcoholism, that I'd be welcome, despite my European heritage and ignorance of Indian affairs. After attending, enjoying and wanting to try again, I've been a regular attendee at least once a month. Since I've been a regular, they've even invited me to other Sweats. These men are serious about their beliefs and helpful with newcomers. This book has helped me engage in conversation as much of their practice is sacred and not exactly 'advertised'.
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