Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 638 A Medicine Head-Dress - Blackfoot border=
Title:
Plate 638 A Medicine Head-Dress - Blackfoot
Date:
1926
Size:
Portfolio, 18 x 22 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
By long usage the term "medicine" in the sense of supernatural has become firmly fixed in the literature of American Indians, and especially the plains tribes. A head-dress of the sort here depicted consists of some part of the body, sometimes the entire skin, of the creature that appeared as a spirit in a dream of the wearer and instructed him how to have its help, especially in war.
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