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Old 03-02-2009, 06:04 PM   #2
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lot's of problems with Wissler, Vennum gives him far to much street cred, Wissler was influenced by Murie way toooo much, and by the way, what we call grass dance today is NOT what Wissler and others of taht time period refer to as the grass dance. What they are referring to is a dance complex (dance/traditions/regalia) that was shared by most plains tribes and those of the weestern great lakes, it has tribal specific names in most cases as well. This ancestor dance complex, over time and influenced by other factors, laid the foundation for the Omaha society form that became the direct ancestor of the modern grass dance which appears in the late 1800s/early 1900s among groups in ND, MT, MB, AB, and SK.

\Vennum is just repeated the standard anthro party line on this topic, which as I said was mis-presented by Wissler.
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