Published on December 7, 2012 by Carol
Author: Verne Dusenberry, Lynne Dusenberry Crow
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The Montana Cree is a study of religion as a sustaining force in American Indian life. On the small Rocky Boy reservation in northern Montana, the Cree Indians provide an example of how a people transplanted and persecuted throughout their history can maintain and develop a tribal identity and unity through the continuance of their religious values.
As the adopted son of Mose Michelle, a hereditary Pend O’Reille chief, Verne Dusenberry moved easily within Indian circles as an accepted participant-observer in many religious ceremonies. His ethnographic study provides detailed descriptions of ceremonies – the Shaking Tent, Ghost Dance, and Sun Dance – which are seldom accurately described elsewhere.