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Web of Art 17: Transformations, Masks and Shamans

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Shaman Bull Child.
19th c Native American Blackfoot Applied Arts

BLACKFOOT Anonymous (before 19th c - present) Primary
c. 1800-1900
19th c
Leather; fur; feathers on Leather
Ritual object
Great Plains. United States.
New York. American Museum of Natural History.
In addition to common shamanic powers, the Blackfoot shaman of the Plains Indians, known as Bull Child, had the power to protect against small pox and bullets, and to prevent childbirth, problems that were particularly acute for the Native Americans of the Plains as they struggled against not only the white man's bullets, but also the diseases he brought. This image of Bull Child, showing his body paint and his shamanic accouterments, has been recreated in the New York Museum of Natural History. The bright color of his body paint must have made an unforgettable impression as he sought to protect his people.

Caption: BLACKFOOT | Shaman Bull | 19 c | Native American | Blackfoot
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