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A Further Contribution to the Study of the Mortuary Customs of the North American Indians   By: (1840-1929)

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SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION BUREAU OF ETHNOLOGY

J. W. Powell, Director

A FURTHER CONTRIBUTION

to the

STUDY OF THE MORTUARY CUSTOMS

of the

NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS.

by

Dr. H. C. YARROW,

Act. Asst. Surg., U.S.A.

CONTENTS

List of illustrations 89 Introductory 91 Classification of burial 92 Inhumation 93 Pit burial 93 Grave burial 101 Stone graves or cists 113 Burial in mounds 115 Burial beneath or in cabins, wigwams, or houses 122 Cave burial 126 Embalmment or mummification 130 Urn burial 137 Surface burial 138 Cairn burial 142 Cremation 143 Partial cremation 150 Aerial sepulture 152 Lodge burial 152 Box burial 155 Tree and scaffold burial 158 Partial scaffold burial and ossuaries 168 Superterrene and aerial burial in canoes 171 Aquatic burial 180 Living sepulchers 182 Mourning, sacrifice, feasts, etc. 183 Mourning 183 Sacrifice 187 Feasts 190 Superstition regarding burial feasts 191 Food 192 Dances 192 Songs 194 Games 195 Posts 197 Fires 198 Superstitions 199

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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