Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 673  The Old Warrior - Arapaho border=
Plate 673 The Old Warrior - Arapaho
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
The Arapaho sought the supernatural by fasting, but unlike the other tribes this was not undertaken until after maturity. This fasting lasted anywhere from one to seven days. After awakening from their trance they would put together whatever was demanded in the vision for affecting cures, and this constituted the contents of their medicine bag. On of these items was a flat pipe which was used at special events. Their main ceremony was also the Sun Dance, which lasted seven days and was held to ensure plentiful food. - Edward Curtis
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