The Sisitonwan Or Sisseton





It is evident that the Sisseton were formerly in seven divisions, the

Wita-waziyata-otina and the Ohdihe being counted as one; the Basdetce-cni

and Itokaq-tina as another; the Kaqmi-atonwan, Maniti, and Keze as a

third, and the Tizaptan and Okopeya as a fifth. When only a part of the

tribe journeyed together, the people camped in the following manner: The

Amdo-wapuskiyapi pitched their tents between the west and north, the

Wita-waziyata-otina between the north and east, the Itokaq-tina between

the east and south, and the Kap'oja between the south and west. The

following are the Sisseton gentes (figure 31):



1. Wita-waziyata-otina, Village-at-the-north-island.



2. Ohdihe (from ohdihan, to fall into an object endwise). This gens is an

offshoot of the Wita-waziyata-otina.



3. Basdetce-cni (Basdece-sni), Do-not-split (the body of a

buffalo)-with-a-knife (but cut it up as they please).



4. Itokaq-tina (Itokali-tina), Dwellers-at-the-south (itokaga). These are

an offshoot of the Basdetce-cni.



5. Kaqmi-atonwan (Kalimi-atonwan), Village-at-the-bend (kalimin).



6. Mani-ti, Those-who-camp (ti)-away-from-the-village. An offshoot of the

Kaqmi-atonwan.



7. Keze, Barbed-like-a-fishhook. An offshoot of the Kaqmi-atonwan.



8. Tcan-kute (Can kute), Shoot-in-the-woods (among the deciduous trees); a

name of derision. These people, according to Ashley, resemble the Keze,

whom he styles a cross clan.



9. Ti-zaptan (Ti-zaptan), Five-lodges.



10. Okopeya, In-danger. An offshoot of the Ti-zaptan.



11. Kap'oja (Kapoza), Those-who-travel-with-light-burdens. (See number 3

of the Mdewakantonwan.)



12. Amdo-wapuskiyapi, Those-who-lay-meat-on-their-shoulders

(amdo)-to-dry-it (wapuskiya)-during-the-hunt.



[Illustration: FIG. 31.--Sisseton camping circle.]



FIG. 31.--Sisseton camping circle.





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