Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Department of Anthropology
Gregory R. Campbell
Douglas McDonald, Timothy McCleary, Jeffery Bendremer
Vison Quest, Fasting, Crow Indians, Apsaalooke, Pryor Mountains, Plains Indian
University of Montana
Archaeological Anthropology | Social and Cultural Anthropology
The Apsaalooke nation of Montana is one of many tribes in the Great Plains that
practice the ritual of fasting (Vision Quest). In this document I will explain Apsaalooke
fasting also called Bilisshíissaannuua To Go Without Water. This will be done by explain
some core elements of Apsaalooke belief to give the reader a string knowledge base,
so that one can contextualize fasting with in Apsaalooke culture.
This documents also highlights the Dryhead Preservation and recordation project
during the summer of 2013, funding and conducted by the Bureau of Land
Management, Custer National Forest and The Crow tribal Historic Preservation Office.
This Survey was conducted in hope to preserve the Archaeology of fasting that
was found on the Dryhead, East Pryor Mountain and help use to understand this
Apsaalooke Fasting and landscape.
Brien, Aaron B., "BILISSHIISSAANNUUA / TO GO WITHOUT WATER: THE IMPORTANCE OF FASTING AMONG THE APSAALOOKE" (2015). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4625.
© Copyright 2015 Aaron B. Brien