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Medicine Man of the Cheyene

Price: $2,095.00
Manufacturer: Howard Terpning

Medicine Man of the Cheyenne
by Howard Terpning


"The medicine man was a central figure for Plains Indian tribes. He was in effect a combination doctor and minister or priest, a healer both of the body and of the spirit. Not only did he know about the proper use of native plants that had medicinal properties-some of them employed in perhaps more sophisticated form by the medical profession today-but he knew ceremonies, chants, and songs supposed to wield magical powers for the benefit of individuals or the whole band. In the ceremony for painting the Blackfeet sacred medicine bundle, for example, the medicine man was expected to sing four hundred lengthy chants without missing a word or getting a stanza out of place. To miss might have brought evil consequences."
Year 1983
Edition 399 / 450

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