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Anetso, the Cherokee Ball GameAt the Center of Ceremony and Identity$
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Michael J. Zogry

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833605

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898208_zogry

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Ahaquo! (Still there!) The Anetso Ceremonial Complex

Ahaquo! (Still there!) The Anetso Ceremonial Complex

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Anetso, the Cherokee Ball Game
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Michael J. Zogry

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807898208_zogry.7

This chapter summarizes every element of the ceremonial complex, with a focus on one particular element, going to water, and assesses change and persistence in the complex, making use of received scholarship and data from the author's cultural consultation. It juxtaposes the observations of three ethnographers in order to accomplish this task: James Mooney's at the turn of the twentieth century, Raymond Fogelson's from the late 1950s to 1962, and this author's from the late 1990s to 2007. The chapter begins with a summation of a watershed event in Cherokee history, the shift from a hereditary caste of priests to a system of individual practitioners, and presents an annotated list of the ritual actions included in the ceremonial complex. It also includes an assessment of the “religious landscape” on the Qualla Boundary at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Keywords:   ceremonial complex, water, ethnographers, James Mooney, Raymond Fogelson, Cherokee, priests, ritual, religious landscape, Qualla Boundary

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