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Sensoriality and Wendat Steams: The Analysis of Fifteenth- to Seventeenth-Century Wendat Steam Lodge Rituals in Southern Ontario

Sensoriality and Wendat Steams: The Analysis of Fifteenth- to Seventeenth-Century Wendat Steam... Sensoriality and Wendat Steams The Analysis of Fifteenth- to Seventeenth-Century Wendat Steam Lodge Rituals in Southern Ontario Steven Dorland Steam lodge rituals embody sensory-heightened and deeply spiritual events.1 Studies of Great Lakes and Great Plains practices have resulted in a greater understanding of the importance of steam ritual.2 However, intensive studies of precontact practices are lacking. Anthropologist Ivan Lopatin analyzed cross-cultural steam ritual activities but focused on the description and classification of broader sweat and steam activities.3 Due to the nature of Lopatin's broad approach, he did not address ritual meaning and ritual experience. The analysis of Iroquoian steam lodges by archaeologist Robert MacDonald represents one of the first comprehensive studies of steam lodge structures that are located north of Mesoamerica.4 MacDonald provides a solid foundation for future inquiries by presenting the archaeological context of steam lodges, but past cultural processes have resulted in preservation issues and formation processes that limit the availability of material evidence that is needed to confront symbolic and ideational realms. Archaeologists require other avenues to address this lacuna and redirect focus to the experiential contexts of ritual practice. I propose an alternate interpretation of fifteenth- to seventeenthcentury southern Ontario Wendat steam rituals. Functionalist http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Indian Quarterly University of Nebraska Press

Sensoriality and Wendat Steams: The Analysis of Fifteenth- to Seventeenth-Century Wendat Steam Lodge Rituals in Southern Ontario

The American Indian Quarterly , Volume 41 (1) – Mar 26, 2017

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Sensoriality and Wendat Steams The Analysis of Fifteenth- to Seventeenth-Century Wendat Steam Lodge Rituals in Southern Ontario Steven Dorland Steam lodge rituals embody sensory-heightened and deeply spiritual events.1 Studies of Great Lakes and Great Plains practices have resulted in a greater understanding of the importance of steam ritual.2 However, intensive studies of precontact practices are lacking. Anthropologist Ivan Lopatin analyzed cross-cultural steam ritual activities but focused on the description and classification of broader sweat and steam activities.3 Due to the nature of Lopatin's broad approach, he did not address ritual meaning and ritual experience. The analysis of Iroquoian steam lodges by archaeologist Robert MacDonald represents one of the first comprehensive studies of steam lodge structures that are located north of Mesoamerica.4 MacDonald provides a solid foundation for future inquiries by presenting the archaeological context of steam lodges, but past cultural processes have resulted in preservation issues and formation processes that limit the availability of material evidence that is needed to confront symbolic and ideational realms. Archaeologists require other avenues to address this lacuna and redirect focus to the experiential contexts of ritual practice. I propose an alternate interpretation of fifteenth- to seventeenthcentury southern Ontario Wendat steam rituals. Functionalist

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The American Indian QuarterlyUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Mar 26, 2017

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