This is a Pawnee Indian shown in ceremonial dress.
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Image is now in public domain. It was originally published by Powell, J. W. Twenty-Second Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology - Part 2. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1904.
According to the Pawnee, the world was created by the god Tirawa, who sent the stars
to support the sky. Some brighter stars were in charge of the clouds
, winds and rain
. This was to ensure the fertility of the Earth. Some lesser stars became jealous.
They found a sack of deadly storms entrusted to the brighter stars and emptied them on the Earth. This introduced death to the Earth. The Pawnee also believed that the first woman was born from the marriage of the stars, and the first man from the marriage of the Sun and Moon.
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