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Structure, Content, and Cultural Meaning of "yuwipi": A Modern Lakota Healing Ritual

Luis S. Kemnitzer
American Ethnologist
Vol. 3, No. 2 (May, 1976), pp. 261-280
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/643580
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Structure, Content, and Cultural Meaning of "yuwipi": A Modern Lakota Healing Ritual
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Abstract

An analysis of the structure of a modern Lakota healing ritual and the kinds of problems treated by it reveals Lakota beliefs about the nature of humans and their relationship to the universe, including their experiences with acculturation. The first step in controlling the indeterminacy that is pervasive in Lakota life is recognizing and accepting the disorder. The agents of this control are certain spiritual beings and forces associated with identity symbols, which are identified and manipulated in the ritual.

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