Anetso, the Cherokee Ball Game: At the Center of Ceremony by Michael J. Zogry

By Michael J. Zogry

Anetso, a centuries-old Cherokee ball video game nonetheless performed this day, is a full of life, occasionally violent task that rewards velocity, power, and agility. while, it's the concentration of numerous associated ritual actions. Is it a recreation? Is it a spiritual ritual? may well it almost certainly be either? Why has it lasted see you later, surviving via centuries of upheaval and change?

Based on his paintings within the box and within the files, Michael J. Zogry argues that participants of the japanese Band of Cherokee country proceed to accomplish chosen elements in their cultural id via carrying out anetso, itself the hub of a longer ceremonial advanced, or cycle. A precursor to lacrosse, anetso appears to be like in all demeanour of Cherokee cultural narratives and has figured prominently within the written debts of non-Cherokee observers for nearly 300 years. The anetso ceremonial complicated includes a number of actions which, taken jointly, complicate common scholarly differences akin to video game as opposed to ritual, public reveal as opposed to deepest functionality, and culture as opposed to innovation.

Zogry's exam offers a impressive chance for rethinking the knowledge of formality and function in addition to their dating to cultural id. It additionally bargains a pointy reappraisal of scholarly discourse at the Cherokee spiritual method, with specific specialize in the jap Band of Cherokee Nation.

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26 Introduction For nearly three centuries, a varied and diverse group of commentators has chosen to make mention of the Cherokee ball game. They have done so in government reports, travel logs, mission records, trade reports, minutes of trade meetings, military transmissions, personal letters, newspaper articles, and ethnographic documentation. What impresses me again and again about accounts of the ball game that I read is consistency. I have been struck by the similarities between what I have observed in recent years and accounts from fifty, seventy, a hundred, even two hundred years ago.

36 Perhaps it may reflect what his sources said (or be a simple case of omission), but this sparse usage of the phrase in his own collected examples is somewhat odd given the generality of his above statement. ” This is much like the preface in Mooney’s published account of Kanati and Selu cited above. 39 Sometimes consultants prefaced their discussion of certain information in the context of a formal interview session with this statement, but the majority of instances in which consultants employed the device were not formal sessions.

One son was the product of the parents’ union, while the second brother, the reader learns, formed from hunted animals’ blood that Selu washed off in the river. 55 Elderly people would hear the boys playing and laughing, but they never caught a glimpse of the second boy. ” Eventually, after some time Kanati instructed the first boy to challenge the other to a wrestling match, which he did. As soon as they began wrestling, the boy called for his father, and the parents came running. ’”56 The parents were able to capture the second boy, keep him in the house, and “tame” him, but, the narrative continued, “he was always wild and artful in his disposition, and was the leader of his brother in every mischief.

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