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Pawnee Pitek, Emily

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The Pawnee are an American Indian group now living in the state of Oklahoma. Historically, the Pawnee inhabited the Loupe, Platte, and Republican River valley region of what is now Nebraska. The Pawnee were relocated to their current reservation lands by the Pawnee Indian Agency in 1874, following over four decades of land cessions and treaties with the U.S. Federal Government. This entry focuses more specifically on the Skidi band (one of the four Pawnee bands of the time) around the time of 1867--prior to the reservation era. Religious beliefs and practices permeated many aspects of Pawnee life, consequently, this entry considers the religious group to be coterminous with the society at large. Traditional Pawnee religion was characterized by a series of ceremonies throughout the year, which were largely associated with subsistence activities such as planting, harvesting, and hunting. Priests and medicine men functioned as religious practitioners who communicated with the supernatural, led ceremonies, and performed healing rituals.

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