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The Medicine Man

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Leather album page with a photograph of a bronze Indian man called the Medicine Man. Remarks about the photograph include, "This is a Sun Priest who has had a powerful helper come to him in his dreams and offer to help him in whatever he may do; thus he may call upon his sacred helper and Sun to aid him and his people. This medicine man is calling upon the bear for strength; the wolf for smartness; and the otter for cunning, as he has a bear's paw, a wolf's skull and an otter's skin on his knee. He also has his sacred medicine pipe and the bone of an eagle wing in his hair which is called 'a whistle' and is used to drive away rain maker."

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The Medicine Man
George D. Sack (Author)
Charles Marion Russell (Artist)
gelatin silver process
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Credit Line: 
Gilcrease Museum/The University of Tulsa
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Previous Number(s): 
E.410; 45762; E.410 (Colorado Springs number)
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