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INDIAN BURIAL PRACTICE

MR. HUMFREVILLE REPORTS THAT THE SIOUX INDIANS USED TO
WRAP THEIR DEAD IN ANIMAL HIDES AND PLACE THEM HIGH
IN TREES. THEN THEY WOULD KILL ALL THE ANIMALS WHICH
BELONGED TO THE DEAD PERSON AND LEAVE THEM UNDER THE
TREE.

Where learned: BOOK BY J. LEE HUMFREVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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INDIAN BURIAL PRAYER

MR. HUMFREVILLE REPORTS THAT WHEN THE DAUGHTER OF "SPOTTED
TAIL" DIED, SHE WAS BURIED HIGH ON A SCAFFOLD. AFTERWARDS
HER BODY WAS PLACED IN THE GROUND (A CUSTOM WHICH WAS
RARE) AND A SIOUX INDIAN WHO WAS A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY
SAID THIS PRAYER OVER HER BODY: "WE BURY YOUR BODY AS
THE SUN GOES DOWN AND AS THE SUN RISES IN THE MORNING,
SO YOUR SPIRIT WILL GO TO OUR GREAT CREATOR WITH THE
RISES OF THE SUN, WHICH WILL TAKE YOU TO THE SPIRIT LAND,
AND THERE KEEP YOU UNTIL ALL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
SHALL JOIN YOU. YOU WILL BE IN LIFE AGAIN WITH THEM,
AND LIVE FOR A LONG TIME WITHOUT WANT OR CARE."

Where learned: BOOK BY J. LEE HUMFREVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SIOUX BURIAL PRACTICE

THE SIOUX INDIANS USED TO BURY THEIR DEAD WITH LARGE
QUANTITIES OF FOOD SO THAT THE PERSON WOULD HAVE
ENOUGH TO EAT ON THE WAY TO THE "HAPPY HUNTING GROUND."
IF ASKED WHY THE FOOD WAS NOT CONSUMED, THEY WOULD
MERELY ANSWER THAT THE SPIRIT OF THE BODY ATE THE
SPIRIT OF THE FOOD. THUS NEITHER THE BODY OR THE FOOD
DISAPPEARED.

Where learned: BOOK BY J. LEE HUMFREVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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