Masks, Heads, and Faces: With Some Considerations Respecting the Rise and Development of Art

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1891 - Art - 312 pages
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Page 79 - ... when the irrevocable oath of war and destruction is taken. His knife he then placed in its sheath, under his belt ; and he carefully arranged his turban on his head, and his three ostrich plumes that he was in the habit of wearing in it. Being thus prepared in full dress, he...
Page 79 - ... rose up as before, and with most benignant and pleasing smiles, extended his hand to me and to all of the officers and chiefs that were around him ; and shook hands with us all in dead silence ; and also with his wives and his little children ; he made a signal for them to lower him down upon his bed, which was done, and he then slowly drew from his war-belt, his...
Page 8 - Is not the bowl the emblem of the earth, our mother? For from her we draw both food and drink, as a babe draws nourishment from the breast of its mother; and round, as is the rim of a bowl, so is the horizon, terraced with mountains whence rise the clouds.
Page 79 - ... and powder-horn, and laid his knife by the side of him on the floor. He then called for his red paint, and his looking-glass, which was held before him, when he deliberately painted one half of his face, his neck and his throat — his wrists — the backs of his hands, and the handle of his knife, red with vermilion ; a custom practised when the irrevocable oath of war and destruction is taken.
Page 81 - The medicine-men seated themselves around the picture, on the ground in a circle, and the Indians from the different bands crowded around them, the old men squatting close by, and the young men standing back of them. After they had invoked the aid of the spirits, in a number of chants, one of their number...
Page 12 - ... the new surface. The forms of the gods do not appear as I have represented them in the first coat of color. The naked figures of these mythical -beings are first completely and accurately drawn and then the clothing is put on. Even in the pictures of the "Long-bodies" (Plate XVII), which are drawn 9 feet in length, the naked body is first made in its appropriate color — white for the east, blue for the south, yellow for the west, and black for the north — and then the four red shirts are...
Page 273 - ... which was surmounted by a top-knot of cedar bark dyed red and stuck full of white feathers from eagles' tails. Over her shoulders she wore a red blanket covered with a profusion of white buttons, brass thimbles and blue beads ; her hair hung down her back covered with white down. The upper half of her face was painted black and the lower red. Another girl with a similar headdress, was naked except a skirt about her hips. Her arms and legs had rings of blue beads, and she wore bracelets of brass...
Page 269 - Everything as it moves, now and then, here and there, makes stops. The bird as it flies stops in one place to make its nest, and in another to rest in its flight. A man when he goes forth stops when he wills. So the god has stopped.
Page 81 - But after the medicine men had supplied themselves, the ramada was torn down, and a rush was made by men and boys, handfuls of the dirt were grabbed and rubbed on their bodies, or carried away. The women and children, who were waiting for an invitation, were then called. They rushed to the spot in a crowd, and grabbing handfuls of dirt tossed it up in the air so that it would fall on them, or they rubbed their bodies with it. Mothers throwing it over their children and rubbing it on their heads....

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