Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Numak - Mahana
Volume, 12.5 x 9.5 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Numak-mhanaha meaning “One [Solitary] Man”, is the principal myth character for the Mandan. According to legend Numak is the creator of all of mankind and wore a gray wolf skin around his shoulders and moccasins of jack-rabbit skin. On his back he wore a staff decorated with raven wings and an eagle feather he also carried a pipe. His creation myth is detailed in Edward S. Curtis’ volume 5 page 39. This volume image is of a native recreating Numak for ceremonial purposes.

This photogravure was taken in 1908 by Edward S. Curtis. The piece was printed on Deluxe Japanese Tissue and is available for sale in out Aspen Art Gallery.
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