Funeral scaffolding of a Sioux chief (1840-1843). Native Americans

Funeral scaffolding of a Sioux chief, Native American

Funeral scaffolding of a Sioux chief (1840-1843) by Karl Bodmer (1809-1893). Depiction of Native Americans.

“The scene is near Fort Pierre; the scaffold in the right foreground holds the remains of a warrior who had apparently been brought home from a great distance. Scaffold burial, on an erected platform or in the limbs of a tree, was a wide spread practice amongst the plains peoples in general and the Sioux in particular, for whom the ritual held deep spiritual significance.”

 

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