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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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Woye ! (Foul!): Theory and the Meaning of Anetso

Woye ! (Foul!): Theory and the Meaning of Anetso

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(p.185) 5 Woye ! (Foul!): Theory and the Meaning of Anetso
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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.9

This chapter considers two main points: 1) What are the “meanings” of anetso, according to cultural consultation and scholarly investigation; and 2) What is the history of scholarship regarding the game/ritual divide? It interrogates the work of Stewart Culin and Claude Levi-Strauss, along with scholars who have followed in their considerable wakes, and notes that while the Cherokee term anetso occurs most frequently in the written record as the name of the Cherokee ball game, the term translated as “little war” also appears. The chapter explains that Raymond Fogelson provided a nice summary of the most common explanation given for the ball game.

Keywords:   anetso, game, ritual, Stewart Culin, Claude Levi-Strauss, Cherokee, little war, Raymond Fogelson

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