Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 206 Iron Breast Piegan border=
Plate 206 Iron Breast Piegan
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Description by Edward S. Curtis: The picture illustrates the costume of a member of the Bulls, an age society for many years obsolete.

In this captivating photogravure by Edward Curtis of Iron Breast the viewer is able to see an incredible example of Piegan costume. This subject has a feathered headdress that reaches all the way to the floor of the tipi. He has bull horns on his head and weasel tails framing his strong unsmiling face. In his arms he holds an axe and in his other hand hangs a pelt of what look like a fox. His shins and ankles are adorned with bells.

RELIGION /CEREMONIES: The principal deity was the sun, or "Napiw," who was called upon for supernatural aid. It follows then that the main ceremony was the Sun Dance or "Okun." There were also numerous ceremonies connected with the opening of sacred bundles, such as the one containing a sacred pipe. - From Edward Curtis' North American Indian
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