Indian Medicine Dance

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3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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Front: Greetings from Shawano, Wis. Back: Interior view of Medicine Lodge, built of reeds and bark over a frame-work of poles. Indians inside are preparing for the Great Medicine Dance. Beaded moccasins, garters, belts, medicine bags and fine furs are worn as decorations in this dance, which lasts for several days. Young Indian holding medicine bag is to be initiated to the lodge; his squaw and papoose in rear. The furs hanging from the walls near heads of sitting Indians are the finest otter furs obtainable. They are worn attached to a belt and dangle behind the dancer as he performs the dance. The value of the costume of a well dressed dancer is often $150.00 to $200.00

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