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Carl Bodmer Print
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TitleCarl Bodmer Print
AbstractUnframed (15.75 in. x 21.25 in.) aquatint engraving of Carl Bodmer painting "Sih-Chida & Mahchsi-Karehde, Mandan Indians (Mandan Indianer, Indiens Mandans)," London, published by Ackermann & Co. 96, Strand, April 1th, 1841. Paris, Arthus Bertrand, editeur, Coblenz, bei J. Holscher. Believed to be Tableau 20, Vol.2 of set used to illustrated Prince Maximilian zu Wied's "Travels in the Interior of North America between 1832-34."
NotesBodmer made this full-length double portrait while he was at Fort Clark in December 1833. On the left is Sih-Chida ("Yellow Feather"), he wears beaded hairbows embellished with long strings of dentalium shells and beads. The cluster of feathers at the back of his head suggests that he was probably a member of the Mandan Dog Society. His buffalo-hide robe, worn with the fur side turned in, is handsomely decorated with large quilled rosettes. Draped around his neck is an otter fur fringed with quilled leather. His heel trailers, signifying battle exploits, also are of otter fur lined with red cloth. On the right stands Mahchsi ("Flying War Eagle"). He was a member of the Soldier Society, which regulated all important tribal affairs, but was perhaps best known for his height - at just over six feet, he was described by Bodmer as the "tallest Mandan." He wears a painted robe, heavily decorated with quilled rosettes. The wolf tails attached to the heels of his moccasins denote success in the battle field, just as his bearclaw necklace reflects his wealth and status. The fine work on American Indian life and the American Frontier is the result of an epic journey which took place at a time when the mass migrations of settlers and pioneers were about to alter irrevocably the unspoiled West. Karl Bodmer (1809-1893) was engaged by prince Maximilian (already famed for his earlier explorations in Brazil) to provide a record of his travels among the Plains Indians of North America during 1833-34. (Taken from the Internet)

The MVO (Missouri Valley Oversize) collection contains various types of large size items. Included is art work such as paintings, sculpture, drawings and sketches; photographs, including composite pieces; posters; and other miscellaneous items.
Illustrator/ArtistCarl Bodmer
PublisherAckermann & Co., London;
SubjectIndigenous peoples
Local SubjectBodmer, Karl
Mandan Indians
Item TypeArchival Material
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Item ID218204
CONTENTdm number37882
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