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The Supernatural Among the Omaha Tribe of Indians

To comprehend the ideas of a people concerning the preternatural and the manifestations of the supernatural among them, it is needful to know something of their beliefs relating to the origin and the future of mankind; their notions pertaining to the natural world and their religious ceremonies. A clearly defined cosmogony does not exist among the Omaha tribe of Indians. Myths tell of water animals being engaged in forming the earth, but how water was created, or how life began, is left in definite. The general belief of the Omaha Indians is, that in some way man has been developed from animals. How this came about no myth and no man give any explanation. No story exists where a man is born of an animal; yet, as the life of man depends upon the animal as food, so in some mysterious manner the two are bound together in the general continuity that pervades the universe. In the myth telling of the birth of woman a younger brother is made the medium; a strange thorn pierces his foot, he extracts it, and wraps it in coverings of skin. When the older brothers return home they are startled by hearing a crying, and upon examination of the bundle from which the sound proceeds, they find to their astonishment a baby in the place of the thorn. The infant rapidly becomes a woman; all the animals obey her call, and she enriches her brothers by her skill and industry. The myths seem to indicate a linking together of all forms of life throughout nature. The various animals are endowed with speech, and...

Map of Omaha Indian Reservation, Nebraska

Showing portion thereof appraised for sale, and portion retained and allotted the Omaha Indians in severalty for the years 1905-1906. The map of the Omaha Indian Reservation in Thurston Nebraska was split into 9 pages in the original manuscript and is presented as they had it split. The numbers listed on the maps below are only a rough idea.  Find the name of the person you are searching for and then look on the map to find the location. All land is is Thurston County, Nebraska. Map 1 31 45 47 48 104 122 144-150  197 418 485 497 545 547 572-594  622 701 733 766 Map 2 1-143 and 163, 220, 221, 249, 306, 608, 681, 809, 815, 918 Map 3 139 618-808 and 1420-1536 Map 4 160-432 and 1639-1691 Map 5 433-616 and 1693-1785 Map 6 812-925 and 1537-1637 Map 7 927-977 and 1365-1418 Map 8 978-999 and 1009-1099 and 1200-1360 Map 9 1104-1195 Anderson, O. C. 1406 Ashley, J. R. 123, 130, 132, 133 Atkin, Louise Paul 1430 Ballou, Kate 1455 Barber, F. B. 674, 1451, 1454 Barber, J. L. 386, 1267 Barnaby, Josaphine 1618 Baxter, Amos 939, 1348 Baxter, Bertie 936, 987 Baxter, Chas. 1349 Baxter, Chris 1343 Baxter, David 937 Baxter Fannie P. 1273 Baxter, Harry 934, 1078 Baxter, Harry 934, 1078 Baxter, John 134, 944 Baxter, Lenora S. 1300 Baxter, Louisa White 563 Baxter, Richard 3 Baxter, Samuel 1367 Baxter, Thomas 1375 Baxter, Ta-in-ne 1368 Baxter, Ash-na-me-ha 137 Baxter, Washington 1695 Baylis, Elizabeth Paul 1431 Baylis, Harrison D. 673 Baylor, Henry 1160 Beckenhauer, Chas. 120 Benedict, T. G. 636, 648 Big Elk, Ponca-we 1061...

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