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By long usage the term "medicine" in the sense of supernatural has become firmly fixed in the literature of American Indians, and especially the plains tribes. A head-dress of the sort here depicted consists of some part of the body, sometimes the entire skin, of the creature that appeared as a spirit in a dream of the wearer and instructed him how to have its help, especially in war.
Alberta Bow River (Alta.) Canada Headdresses Manners and customs Native Americans Photogravure Portrait photography Portraits Shamans Siksika Indians
Photogravure, 18.25 x 22.25 inches: The North American Indian; being a series of volumes picturing and describing the Indians of the United States, and Alaska, 970.6 C942 vol.18 plates, William Smith Mason Collection of Western Americana, Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library