Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Plate 193 Travaux - Piegan
Portfolio, 18 x 22 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Edward Curtis' Description: With the most of the plains tribes the travois was the universal vehicle for transporting camp equipment, but is now rarely seen. In the days before the acquisition of horses a smaller form of the same device was drawn by dogs. The occasion of this picture was the bringing of the sacred tongues to the medicine-lodge ceremony.

Medicine culture in Native tribes is fascinating. Anyone seeking aid of medicine man would first fill a pipe, take it reverently to his lodge, and lay it on the ground in front of the scaffold. The healer’s acceptance of the case was indicated by smoking the pipe.
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