Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)View Artist Biography
Plate 606 Grinding Medicine - Zuni
Portfolio, 18 x 22 inches
Medicine men in Native tribes served many purposes. Often, they were more of a spiritual guide than a “doctor” in the traditional sense providing a bridge between the spiritual world and the human world. This Zuni Medicine man grinds together medicine and mineral pigments to serve his purpose. We are viewing the subject from behind giving him an air of mystery in his work. He lays on what appears to be a towel upon stone. Photographed by Edward Curtis in 1925, this photogravure is now on display in our Aspen Art Gallery.