In Sun's Likeness and Power, 2-volume set


In Sun's Likeness and Power, 2-volume set

Cheyenne Accounts of Shield and Tipi Heraldry

James Mooney
Transcribed and edited by Father Peter J. Powell

1320 pages
144 color plates, 54 b&w photographs, 82 symbols


May 2013


$250.00 Add to Cart

About the Book

According to traditional Cheyenne belief, shields are living, spirit-filled beings, radiating supernatural power from the Supreme Being for protection and blessing. Shields stand at the nexus of several dimensions of Cheyenne culture, including spirituality, warfare, and artistic expression.

From 1902 to 1906, fifty Cheyenne elders spoke with famed ethnologist James Mooney, sharing with him their interpretations of shield and tipi heraldry. Mooney’s handwritten field notes of these conversations are the single best source of information on Plains Native shields and tipi art available and are a source of inestimable value today for both the Cheyennes and for scholars.

In 1955, with the blessing and permission of the Keepers of the Two Great Covenants and the Chiefs and Headmen of the Northern and Southern Cheyenne People, Father Peter J. Powell began a five-decade effort to help preserve the religion, culture, and history of the Cheyenne People for the generations ahead. His transcriptions and annotations of Mooney’s notes on Cheyenne heraldry is the culmination of these efforts. This two-volume set features nearly 150 color illustrations as well as more than 50 black and white photographs.

Author Bio

James Mooney (1861–1921) was an American anthropologist with the Bureau of American Ethnology for more than thirty-five years and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on Native Americans.

Father Peter J. Powell is a research associate of the Newberry Library, the spiritual director of St. Augustine’s Center for American Indians, Inc. in Chicago, and a member of the Chief’s Society of the Northern Cheyenne People. He is the author of Sweet Medicine and People of the Sacred Mountain: A History of the Northern Cheyenne Chiefs and Warrior Societies, 1830–1879, winner of the National Book Award in history.


"This handsome and informative work of scholarship stands as a substantial tribute both to James Mooney and to Father Powell himself."—Janet Catherine Berlo, Museum Anthropology Review

"This is a stunning achievement and an important legacy that can be appreciated by historians, artists and art students, and anyone with an interest in Native American spiritual beliefs."—Sandy Amazeen, Monsters & Critics

"With the appearance of In Sun's Likeness and Power, diligently compiled and expertly edited by Father Peter J. Powell, Mooney's work and his informants' desire to preserve this vibrant aspect of their culture finally receive the attention they merit."—Ron McCoy, Western Historical Quarterly

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