Master's Theses


Communication Studies

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of this thesis was 10 describe the use of artifactual communication skills in the ceremonial dances of the Cheyenne Indians. This thesis was an historical research study. The researcher used a biographical and descriptive method which revealed the process by which the Cheyenne Indians manipulated artifacts, such as ceremonial costume, jewelry, body paint, rattles, lances, shields, whistles, and pipes to interact with verbal and nonverbal communication, and body movements that created interpersonal responses to symbolic messages. The researcher concluded that (a) The Sun Dance, (b) the Buffalo, Crazy Dance, or Animal Dance, (e) the Victory, or Scalp Dance, and (d) the Ghost Dance were instrumental in the development and preservation of the moral and religious structure of the Cheyenne tribe.


Stephen Klein

Date of Award

Fall 1992

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1992 Sheryle Robinson


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