Mystic Smoke and Sacred Arrows

39” H x 19” W x 16” D

Bronze, Edition of 35

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Mystic Smoke and Sacred Arrows was inspired by a Mandan ritual George Catlin witnessed in the 1830’s.  By draw, a group of young men were chosen to take turns staking their personal medicine and reputation on their ability to bring rain to the drought stricken Mandan people.  Once this process started, there was no end until the rain came.

This type of ceremony was performed by other tribes as well; the use of sweet grass and sage burned to create a smudge or mystic smoke that carried their prayers to the Great Spirit was not uncommon.

In the ceremony that Catlin witnessed, the young mens’ techniques varied with the exception of the use of smoke.  After several days, the man who was successful by using the mystic smoke and a sacred arrow pierced the clouds, bringing an end to the drought.

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