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Web of Art 17: Transformations, Masks and Shamans

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Old Bean. A Medicine Man.
19th c American Realist Painting

George CATLIN (1796 - 1872) Primary
19th c
United States.
Washington D.C. National Gallery of Art.
George Catlin left us this painting of the medicine man named Old Bear, with his otter medicine bag around his waist and the feature fans that he used in his ceremonials. Native American medicine men shared the powers of other shamans; they could see and to move through barriers and across distances, mediate between man and the supernatural; influence the weather; advise and guide in the search for game; heal, whether by massage and suction, or by spiritual flights to the heavenly sources of the ill will; injure by occult means; perform magic by sleight of hand and assume the forms of animals. Although there were women shamans, the majority were men.

Caption: CATLIN George | Old Bean. A Medicine Man. | 1832 | American | Realist

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