'Prophet's Lodge', North America, 1855.
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Engraving showing the lodge of a shaman or medicine man, with drummers on the left, and other members of the tribe seated on the right. Above are animal and human symbols from Native American mythology. The 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 5' by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (1793-1864), published in Philadelphia in 1855.