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Buffalo Dance | Print | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Buffalo Dance

Buffalo Dance | Print | Wisconsin Historical Society
Ceremonial Indian dance (Plate 8).<p>"All tribes have their medicine songs particular for the hunting of each animal they choose to go in pursuit of, and by singing these songs they conciliate the supposed invisible deity or spirit presiding over these animals' respective destinies, and who must necessarily be consulted in this way.  These Medicine Ceremonies, which are always conducted by their Medicine (or Mystery) Men, and almost invariably performed with more or less adherence to all the usual forms before starting on a hunting or war excursion; and however great the success may be, it is easily attributed to the observance of these forms; and if disappointment, or even disaster, attend the expedition, it is equally easy and convenient to attribute it to some culpable defect or omission in their Medicine operations."</p>
DESCRIPTION
Ceremonial Indian dance (Plate 8).

"All tribes have their medicine songs particular for the hunting of each animal they choose to go in pursuit of, and by singing these songs they conciliate the supposed invisible deity or spirit presiding over these animals' respective destinies, and who must necessarily be consulted in this way. These Medicine Ceremonies, which are always conducted by their Medicine (or Mystery) Men, and almost invariably performed with more or less adherence to all the usual forms before starting on a hunting or war excursion; and however great the success may be, it is easily attributed to the observance of these forms; and if disappointment, or even disaster, attend the expedition, it is equally easy and convenient to attribute it to some culpable defect or omission in their Medicine operations."

RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:23626
Creation Date: 1844
Creator Name:Catlin, George
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Collection Name:Rare Books
Genre:Print
Original Format Type:prints, fine-art
Original Format Number:PH 348.8 (3)
Original Dimensions:17 x 12 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Image source: Catlin, George. Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America. From Drawings and Notes of the Author, Made during Eight Years' Travel amongst Forty-Eight of the Wildest and Most Remote Tribes of Savages in North America. (London: Geo. Catlin, 1844). This image is also viewable in the American Journeys online edition of "Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio."
SUBJECTS
Musical instruments
Painting
Clothing and dress
Indian dance
Indians of North America
Tipis
Men
Rites and ceremonies
Weapons

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