Often associated with the battles at Custer's Last Stand and Wounded Knee, and for the famous warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, the significance of the Sioux in past history is studied in classrooms across the country. The evolution of the Sioux Indian people since the 19th century receives far less attention.
A new addition to the Culture and Customs of Native Peoples in America series, this book examines the traditions and contemporary culture of the Sioux Indians.
The Sioux are a Native American people who live in reservations and communities within Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin, as well as certain provinces in Canada. According to U.S. Census Report data, over 150,000 individuals identify themselves as Sioux—more than any other tribe besides Cherokee, Navajo, Latin American Indian, and Chocktaw.
Culture and Customs of the Sioux Indians reveals the details of the Sioux' past, such as wars and conflicts, historical tools, technology, and traditional housing. It also provides a comprehensive examination of the Sioux in the modern world, covering topics such as religion, education, social customs, gender roles, rites of passage, lifestyle, cuisine, arts, music, and much more. Readers will discover how the Sioux today merge traditional customs that have survived their tumultuous history with contemporary culture.
• Presents a chronological history that accurately describes the events that have shaped and influence Sioux society today
• Provides an annotated bibliography of current print and nonprint sources appropriate for student research
• Provides an insightful examination of the issues and problems the Sioux currently face, and describes how the tribe is addressing them
• Comprises narrative chapters of thorough, detailed, and accessible content, providing far more information than a typical entry in a larger encyclopedia
• Provides high school, undergraduate, and general readers with a detailed introduction to the traditions and contemporary culture of the Sioux Indians