'Ceremony of the Thunderbirds, (Sioux)', North America, 1857.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

'Ceremony of the Thunderbirds, (Sioux)', North America, 1857.

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Engraving of Native Americans performing a ritual; thunder and lightning were attributed to giant creatures known as thunderbirds.The Native American population of the Americas was drastically reduced after the arrival of the Europeans due to war, disease, forced removal and relocation, and the destruction of traditional ways of life. Illustration from 'Information respecting the history, condition and prospects of the Indian tribes of the United States. Part 6' by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (1793-1864), published in Philadelphia in 1857.

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