Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A Blackfoot healer crouches against a nondescript background. He is wearing a fringed animal skin which covers his head from view. In his hands he carries a staff and a red and white disk, both of which are ornamented with fringe.

Title:  Medicine Man, Performing His Mysteries over a Dying Man

Artist/Maker: George Catlin

Date: 1832

Source: Smithsonian American Art Museum

Copyright/Permissions: George Catlin, Medicine Man, Performing His Mysteries over a Dying Man, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.161. Public Domain.

Location(s): Fort Union, North Dakota, USA

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