Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A painting of a Mandan healer carrying two decorated, feathered staffs. His face is painted red and brown. His torso is bare, but he wears ornamented trousers with animal tails trailing from the ankles and an animal skin around his waist.

Title:  Mah-tó-he-ha, Old Bear, a Medicine Man

Artist/Maker: George Catlin

Date: 1832

Source: Smithsonian American Art Museum

Copyright/Permissions: George Catlin, Mah-tó-he-ha, Old Bear, a Medicine Man, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.129

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

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