O-Kee-Pa; a Religious Ceremony and Other Customs of the Mandans

New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967. Centenniel Edition. Octavo. Item #012930

106p. index. bibliography. George Catlin had been accused of falsifying a government-sponored criticism of his account of the O-kee-pa four day religious ceremony performed by the Mandan Indians of the Upper Missouri. Their reenactment of tribal myths and painful self-torture were denied by the federal officials though he himself had witnessed them in 1832. The original edition was produced to vindicate his testimony. The Folium Reservatum which depicted their sexual aspects was, of course, in the Nineteenth Century distributed only to scholars. Such facts of life were not considered decent for the general public. A nice copy with only a chips at top and bottom of spine.

Price: $65.00

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