Dance to the "Medicine Bag" of the Slain (Saukie)
Graphite and black ink on prepared card
Overall: 18 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. ( 46.7 x 61.3 cm )
Signed at lower right inside image in black ink: "Geo. Catlin"; inscribed at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 152. / Dance to the Medecine Bag of the Slain. (Saukie)"
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: men with 'Mohawk-style' hair and extensive ornamented pierced ear modifications dance with pipes, bows, axes and scalps on poles, around the wigwam of a slain comrade while his wife cries and mourns next to a pole displaying a pelt 'medicine' bag sacred to the deceased; they present the warrior's widow with gifts and promise her the protection and support of the tribe for the duration of her life.
Purchased by the Society
The artist's collection; Francis Putnam Catlin, the artist's brother, serving as agent to George Henry Moore, acting on behalf of N-YHS
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