Rain Making (Mandan)

Object Number: 
1872.23.174
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 )
Marks: 
inscriptions: Signed
Inscriptions: 
Signed at lower right inside image in black ink: "Geo. Catlin"; inscribed at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 174. / Rain making. (Mandan)"
Description: 
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: a medicine man, or spiritual leader, performs a ritual with a shield and bow on the top of a large round topped skin hut decorated with buffalo skulls. Tribe members on the ground and the tops of other huts watch this ceremony that continues unceasingly night and day until rain falls.
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