Anetso, the Cherokee Ball Game: At the Center of Ceremony and Identity (review)

Anetso, the Cherokee Ball Game: At the Center of Ceremony and Identity (review) Book Reviews Anetso, the Cherokee Ball Game: At the Center of Ceremony and Identity. By Michael J. Zogry. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. Pp. x, 318.) Michael J. Zogry has given us an exceptional study of anetso. Otherwise known as the Cherokee ball game or what casual observers may call lacrosse, anetso defies simple explanation. Anetso, for example, is often considered a sport on the one hand and a religious ritual on the other, but Zogry effectively undermines this game versus ritual dichotomy. Challenging the western notion that the realms of game and ritual are distinct, Zogry instead demonstrates how anetso "is a perfect model to test the limits of received categories and definitional boundaries" (4). The author accordingly situates the ball game within a Cherokee ceremonial complex as he stresses the need for multiple interpretations to truly understand anetso and its cultural significance. Zogry combines extensive archival research and ethnographic fieldwork with a firm theoretical foundation to convincingly argue for the centrality of anetso to Cherokee cultural identity. Even during times of great stress and change, particularly in the first half of the nineteenth century when missionaries and other "civilizing" agents threatened Cherokee cultural http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies West Virginia University Press

Anetso, the Cherokee Ball Game: At the Center of Ceremony and Identity (review)

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Book Reviews Anetso, the Cherokee Ball Game: At the Center of Ceremony and Identity. By Michael J. Zogry. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. Pp. x, 318.) Michael J. Zogry has given us an exceptional study of anetso. Otherwise known as the Cherokee ball game or what casual observers may call lacrosse, anetso defies simple explanation. Anetso, for example, is often considered a sport on the one hand and a religious ritual on the other, but Zogry effectively undermines this game versus ritual dichotomy. Challenging the western notion that the realms of game and ritual are distinct, Zogry instead demonstrates how anetso "is a perfect model to test the limits of received categories and definitional boundaries" (4). The author accordingly situates the ball game within a Cherokee ceremonial complex as he stresses the need for multiple interpretations to truly understand anetso and its cultural significance. Zogry combines extensive archival research and ethnographic fieldwork with a firm theoretical foundation to convincingly argue for the centrality of anetso to Cherokee cultural identity. Even during times of great stress and change, particularly in the first half of the nineteenth century when missionaries and other "civilizing" agents threatened Cherokee cultural

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West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional StudiesWest Virginia University Press

Published: Mar 31, 2011

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