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Mask & shirt for sacred dances in healing ceremonies.
19th c Native American Apache Applied Arts

APACHE Anonymous (active before 19th c - present) Primary
c. 1800-1899
19th c
Leather/paint/feathers
Apache
Mask
Plains. United States.
Chicago. Field Museum of Natural History
Transform54.Nam02036
Apache medicine men wore costumes like this for the sacred dances they did in connection with their healing ceremonies. The psychological effect created by the medicine man and his mysterious ceremonies played an important role in the healing process. Modern studies have shown that many pathological conditions respond to psychological healing practices. On some of the reservations modern doctors have recognized the power of the Native American medicine men and share healing duties with them.

Caption: APACHE | Mask & shirt for sacred dances in healing ceremonies. | | Native American | Apache

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