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Bison-Dance of the Mandan Indians in front of their Medecine Lodge.
Original Author: Charles Bodmer, artist; Alex. Maniceau, engraver
Created: July 1, 1842
Medium: Hand-colored aquatint

Bison-Dance of the Mandan Indians in front of their Medecine Lodge.

A hand-colored aquatint from Prince Maximilian of Wied's Travels in the interior of North America (1843–1844) depicts a "bison-dance" being performed by Mandan Indians, while other members of the tribe look on. This event took place during the prince's 1832–1834 expedition to the West. Maximilian, a naturalist and ruler of the small state of Neuwied, Prussia (currently part of Germany), followed much the same route along the Missouri River that Lewis and Clark had used in 1804–1806. The prince brought Swiss-born artist Karl Bodmer on the expedition, and Bodmer created a series of watercolor paintings illustrating their travels. (Lewis and Clark did not have an artist accompany their expedition, which was  a major ommission.) Bodmer's paintings were the basis for the colored plates used in this English-language edition of Travels in the Interior of North America. The plates were bound in a separate atlas to accompany the prince's journals.

Citation: Travels in the interior of North America, A 1843 .W5 Atlas. Tracy W. McGregor Library of American History, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

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