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An Ethnobotany of Firewood in Osage Big Moon Peyotism: Practical knowledge, ritual participation, and aesthetic preference

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dc.contributor.author Swan, Daniel
dc.contributor.author Simons, Lauren
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-09T02:02:48Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-09T02:02:48Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Swan, D., Simons, L. 2014. An Ethnobotany of Firewood in Osage Big Moon Peyotism: Practical knowledge, ritual participation, and aesthetic preference. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 12: 325-339.
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3465
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/34004
dc.description.abstract This article examines firewood in the context of the modern practice of the Big Moon Peyote Religion by the Osage Indian community of Osage County, in northeastern Oklahoma, U.S.A. The fire and its ritual maintenance is a major component of the all night ceremony of Peyotism. The selection and preparation of the wood used in the ritual fire incorporates botanical knowledge, ceremonial experience, and aesthetic considerations to satisfy a range of preferences and criteria. We also discuss the manners in which firewood, through its ritual use and sacred properties, extends the spiritual benefit and social relationships of Peyotism to the greater Osage community.
dc.format.extent 15 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher Botany Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa
dc.title An Ethnobotany of Firewood in Osage Big Moon Peyotism: Practical knowledge, ritual participation, and aesthetic preference
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
local.identifier.alturi http://lib-ojs3.lib.sfu.ca:8114/index.php/era/article/view/970
Appears in Collections: 2014 - Volume 12 : Ethnobotany Research and Applications


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