RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES AND CULTS
In addition to the men's societies, there are several ceremonial
organizations which include both sexes. the members of which have
purchased membership somewhat after the manner of purchasing medicine
bundles. Each had its distinctive regalia and functions. These were:
The Crow-Water Society, which is supposed to enable its members to
become wealthy and to cure the sick. (McClintock, 1923:p200, shows a
photo of the ceremony)
The Black-tailed Deer Dance, which is supposed to function to make
the capture of deer easy.
Dance for the Spirits of the Dead, which is supposed to make a dance
to which the spirits of the dead are invited.
The All-smoking Ceremony.
The Stick Game Dance, a recently imported dance, in which a stick
game set has become a medicine bundle. Wissler, 1913:436-450.)
In addition to these, there are several other loosely organized dance
associations. These are:
The Hair Parters or Grass Dance, which is more or less a purely
The Horse Dance, which might be called a War dance in that its chief
function was to arouse courage and enthusiasm for war.
The Scalp Dance, which is something of a victory dance, participated
in by anyone after a successful war party.
The Kissing Dance and the Tea Dance, which are almost purely
The Night Singers.
The Begging Dance.