A Blackfoot Indian medicine man. Coloured photograph, ca. 1913.
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1 photograph : photoprint, with gouache ; image 29 x 20 cm
Blackfoot Indian medicine man. The head is covered with the skin of a yellow bear, the head of which serves as a mask. The skin of a yellow bear being rare in that district is therefore very powerful 'medicine'. To this skin are attached the skins of other animals also considered anomalous or monstrous, and therefore 'medicine'. Sihasapa (Blackfoot), Yellowstone River, U.S.A.
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