Indian Medas Secretly Showing the Contents of Their Medicine Sacks to Each Other.

Indian Medas Secretly Showing the Contents of Their Medicine Sacks to Each Other.
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Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co,, [circa 1853-55]. 9 x 12 1/4” engraving, with title information printed to lower margin. Mounted, minor foxing outside of plate margins to edges; very good. Illustration from Information Respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States. Part 5, by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, Plate 5. Engraving by Robert Hinshelwood after Captain Seth Eastman, US Army. A Mide or Meda was a type of secret society. In his drawings and paintings, soldier-artist Eastman (1808-1875) sought to preserve traditions of a people he correctly supposed to be disappearing. (Item Id: 108207)

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