Cadzi Cody / Scenes of Plains Indian life / about 1900Cadzi Cody
Scenes of Plains Indian life
about 1900

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Creator Name: Cody, Cadzi
Creator Nationality: North American; Native American
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1866 - 1912
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Cadzi Cody
Creator Nationality: North American; Native American; Shoshone; Wind River Shoshone
Creator Name-CRT: Wind River Shoshone
Title: Scenes of Plains Indian life
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1898
Creation End Date: 1902
Creation Date: about 1900
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: elk hide, pigments
Dimensions: H.68 x W.79 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 85.92
Credit Line: Gift of Bruce B. Dayton

Hide painting was a medium for recording stories and events by Plains men for centuries. Like his contemporaries, Cadzi Cody recorded events which he remembered before he was confined to the reservation; the Sun Dance, a Grass Dance, and a buffalo hunt.

The Sun Dance, represented by the forked tree in the center of the hide, is the most sacred of all Plains ceremonies. The ceremony is held annually and participants fast and pray for several days; offering themselves to the Creator. The buffalo head hung between the forks honors the spirit of the animal which is an integral aspect of Plains life. The Grass Dance is illustrated by the male dancers dressed in eagle feather bustles, war bonnets, and bells. The Grass Dance is the predecessor of today's pow-wows, a time for celebrating and socializing.

Cadzi Cody included a scene of the traditional buffalo hunt to make the painting more salable to the white tourists visiting the reservation to observe the Sun Dance. By including scenes of hunting, dancing, and ceremony, Cadzi Cody capitalized on the outside market for images of Indian ceremonialism.

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AMICA ID: MIA_.85.92
Component Measured: overall, irregular
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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