Mandan Religious Ceremony, Scene 1

Object Number: 
1872.23.218
Date: 
1866-68
Medium: 
Graphite and black ink on prepared card
Dimensions: 
Overall: 18 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. ( 46.7 x 61.3 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Signed at lower right inside image in black ink: "Geo. Catlin"; at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 218. / Mandan Religious Ceremony"
Description: 
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: Catlin was honored by several tribes and allowed to view rare and sacred ceremonies; Mandan ritual translated as "The Waters Settle Down", the first ceremony called "O-kee-pa"; inside the Medicine Lodge a ring of hanging shields and quivers encircle a group of long-haired men gathered around a central fire pit, buffalo and human skulls lay next to the pit and a reclining man speaks with hand raised while drummers beat round-bottomed drums and a man passes a long pipe; see also 1872.23.219, 220, 221 for other images of this ceremony
Credit Line: 
Purchased by the Society
Provenance: 
The artist's collection; Francis Putnam Catlin, the artist's brother, serving as agent to George Henry Moore, acting on behalf of N-YHS
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group