Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A painting of an exterior scene with group of Native American people gathered to witness a ceremony. At the center, a sick person lies on the ground, with their eyes closed. Next to this figure stands a healer in highly ornamented clothing, carrying two feathered staffs. Many of the onlookers hold their hands to their mouths, and four naked children cling to each other in fear. Two dogs howl at the sky.

Title:  A Mandan Medicine Man

Artist/Maker: George Catlin

Date: 1861/1869

Source: National Gallery of Art

Copyright/Permissions: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington. Public Domain.

Location(s): Mitutanka/Fort Clark, North Dakota, USA

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