Postcard - Assiniboin Medicine Sign
Postcard. The buffalo was the staff of life to nomadic Plains tribes like the Assiniboins. This shrinelike arragement of a buffalo skull on a rock was described as a medicine sign, a magical device intended to attract the bison herds so necessary to their existence. The scene was painted by Karl Bodmer near Fort Union in the summer of 1833.
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska. Gift of Enron Art Foundation.