Medicine Man by Ginny Schmidt

Final (so far) photo in the series of photographs of statues depicting Native Americans. This picture is the least retouched, seen pretty much straight from the camera with only some cropping and sharpened contrast. Since only part of a tree shows in the background, with no buildings or telephone wires, I thought this picture best showed how this person would have looked in his own environment, his own time, enjoying a beautiful, sunny, blue sky day.

UPDATE Oct. 2009. After another visit to the park where these statues are found, I have new information to share about some of them. This particular individual, whom I labeled “Medicine Man,” is actually identified as Abdih-Hiddisch, Hidatsa Chief; the 7 foot tall bronze statue, apparently one of an edition of nine, was sculped by John Coleman from a painting of the chief, a copy of which I found on Wikipedia and show below.

My own label of this figure was not that far off. Although I did not identify him as a chief, this figure is on display and also available for sale at the Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery

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  • John E Adams
    John E Adamsabout 7 years ago

    The magis man! Thanks for the visits – from retired navy and current civil servant -;0)

  • WOLF
    WOLFabout 7 years ago

    hello ginny, this is a great photo of a medicin man, it makes me want to go to a pow-wow and dance. by the way my name is squirrel, i am wolf’s fiance,and we share the rb site from time to time : )

  • hfrymark
    hfrymarkabout 7 years ago

    beautiful capture!

  • seabird
    seabirdabout 7 years ago

    Well done, good colour, detail, light and presentation! R

  • RussianBear
    RussianBearabout 7 years ago


  • AngelArtist
    AngelArtistabout 7 years ago

    Oh, cool!

  • L Spittall
    L Spittallabout 7 years ago

    Great image, does the sculpture justice, the textures and form and well depicted.

  • Walter Strength
    Walter Strengthabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful shot Ginny. Very well composed.

  • Ginny Schmidt
    Ginny Schmidtabout 7 years ago

    Thanks, everyone. I really appreciate all the supportive comments.

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