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James Mooney was born on February 10, 1861 in Richmond, Indiana, son of Irish Catholic immigrants. His formal education was limited to the public schools of the city. He became a self-taught expert on American tribes by his own studies and his careful observation during long residences with different groups. In 1885 he started working with the Bureau of American Ethnology at Washington, D.C. under John Wesley Powell. He compiled a list of tribes which contained 3,000 names. It ended after the US Army's 1890 massacre of Lakota people at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Mooney was recognized as a national expert on the American Indian.


Title Page
How the Formulas Were Obtained
The Swimmer Manuscript
The Gatigwanasti Manuscript
The Gahuni Manuscript
The Inâli Manuscript
Other Manuscripts
The Kanâheta Ani-Tsalagi Eti
Character of the Formulas–The Cherokee Religion
The Origin of Disease and Medicine
Theory of Disease–Animals, Ghosts, Witches
Selected List of Plants Used
Medical Practice
Illustration of the Tabu
Neglect of Sanitary Regulations
The Sweat Bath-Bleeding–Rubbing–Bathing
Shamans and White Physicians
Medicine Dances
Description of Symptoms
The Pay of the Shaman
Ceremonies for Gathering Plants and Preparing Medicine
The Cherokee Gods and Their Abiding Places
Color Symbolism
Importance Attached to Names
Language of the Formulas
Specimen Formulas
Note on the Orthography and Translation
Formula for Treating the Crippler (Rheumatism)
And This Also is for Treating the Crippler
This is to Treat Them if They are Bitten by a Snake
To Treat Them When Something is Causing Something to Eat Them
To Treat Gûnwani’gistû’nï
This Tells About Moving Pains in the Teeth (Neuralgia?)
To Treat the Great Chill
This is to Make Children Jump Down
To Treat the Black Yellowness
To Treat for Ordeal Diseases
Concerning Hunting
This is for Hunting Birds
To Shoot Dwellers in the Wilderness
Bear Song
This is for Catching Large Fish
Concerning Living Humanity (Love)
This Tells About Going into the Water
Song for Painting
To Attract and Fix the Affections
For Separation (of Lovers)
To Fix the Affections
To Shorten a Night-Goer on this Side
I Have Lost Something
This is to Frighten a Storm
What Those who Have Been to War Did to Help Themselves
To Destroy Life
This Concerns the Ball Play–To Take Them to Water With it

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