ERIC Number: ED186182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Sta-Ai-Tsi-Nix-Sin: Ghost Stories. Blackfeet Heritage Program: Browning.
Noether, Lauren, Ed.; LaFromboise, Mary Ellen, Ed.
Ghost stories are universal. They are told and heard in different cultures throughout the world. They generally center around an incident or experience that is true, but that cannot be explained as an everyday occurence. True but unexplained experiences on the Blackfeet Reservation are told and retold in the winter months. In contemporary Blackfeet life these ghost stories are told primarily for entertainment and to some degree for social control. In an historic setting ghost stories were also told to reinforce Blackfeet religious beliefs, to explain events that were forewarned, and to link the known with the unknown. Those familiar with the traditional Blackfeet way of life and way of perceiving the world and universe will recognize the stories in this collection as remnants of those traditions--a part of Blackfeet culture that is still intact. Selections include "Marias River Ghost,""The Disappearing Paint," and "The Ghost of Big Nose," by Tom Found a Gun; "Berry Eater or Min-I-Yah," by Dave Wells; "Experience At Writing On Stone" by William Big Spring; "The Warrior Left to Die" by Francis Potts; "Blue Gray Blaze,""Ghost of Big Crow," and "The Ghost Ride" by Mike Swims Under; "How Four Children Got Their Names" and "Sun Calf" by Annie Short Robe Running Crane; and "Ghost of Black Butte" by Louie Fish. (Author/NEC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Creative Works; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Browning School District 9, MT.
Identifiers: Blackfeet Indian Reservation; Blackfeet (Tribe); Ethnic Heritage Studies Program; Ghost Stories
Note: For related documents, see RC 011 957-060 and RC 012 010-013