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 at the present time, is a energetic, occasionally violent task that rewards velocity, power, and agility. even as, it's the concentration of a number of associated ritual actions. Is it a recreation? Is it a non secular ritual? may well it almost certainly be either? Why has it lasted goodbye, surviving via centuries of upheaval and change?Based on his paintings within the box and within the data, Michael J. Zogry argues that contributors of the japanese Band of Cherokee state proceed to accomplish chosen features in their cultural id by means of accomplishing 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 bills of non-Cherokee observers for nearly 300 years. The anetso ceremonial complicated features a number of actions which, taken jointly, complicate general scholarly differences resembling online game as opposed to ritual, public reveal as opposed to deepest functionality, and culture as opposed to innovation. Zogry's exam presents a amazing chance for rethinking the knowledge of formality and function in addition to their courting to cultural id. It additionally deals a pointy reappraisal of scholarly discourse at the Cherokee non secular procedure, with specific specialise in the japanese Band of Cherokee Nation.Anetso, a centuries-old Cherokee ball video game nonetheless performed this day, is a energetic, occasionally violent job that rewards pace, power, and agility. whilst, it's the concentration of a number of associated ritual actions. Is it a game? Is it a non secular ritual? may well it probably be either? Why has it lasted see you later, surviving via centuries of upheaval and alter?

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52 “Kanaˊtĭ and Selu: Origin of Corn and Game” 53 This narrative is the third Mooney placed under the heading “Cosmogonic Myths,” and the first that contains a reference to the ball game. I have been told portions of the narrative and have discussed it in some depth with consultants. It should be noted that even though Mooney placed this narrative after the previous one, the Thunders are not constituted as a group until the end of this narrative. ”54 This narrative explained the origin of the cultivation of corn and the origin of hunting, two major subsistence activities.

I argue that anetso has persisted because people are committed to its preservation. This process has been aided because of its form as a “game”; it is a tradi28 Introduction tion in the hands of many people. It is in the hands of individuals who do not necessarily hold positions of power in the community, and those who are not necessarily perceived by non-Cherokee people as traditionalists or cultural elites. Though it was actively suppressed during certain times in Cherokee history, it escaped sustained overt suppression because many government agents, missionaries, and observers separated the activity itself from other accompanying activities, in their own minds choosing to focus on those as ills rather than on the “thing” itself.

49 The narrative also explained the existence of a world like earth beneath this one in which everything was the same save for the seasons, and to which one could pass if certain circumstances prevailed. The nocturnal quality of animals and the evergreen quality of trees were explained, as was the propagation of humans. ”50 “The First Fire”51 In this narrative, “Aniˊ-Hyûñˊtikwălâˊskĭ,” the Thunders, sent a lightning bolt down to hit the bottom of a hollow sycamore tree growing on an island. 52 “Kanaˊtĭ and Selu: Origin of Corn and Game” 53 This narrative is the third Mooney placed under the heading “Cosmogonic Myths,” and the first that contains a reference to the ball game.

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