The dance of the calumet of the sun


Depiction of the dance probably performed by the Illinois to strengthen peace between the tribes. The Calumet, a large pipe, was usually presented to the honoured guest. The tribe surrounds the circle in which two men dance with arrows above their heads; the circle includes arrangements of bows and arrows and tomahawks.

  • TitleThe dance of the calumet of the sun, or pipe of peace, performed on the most solemn occasions by the Indian nations in North America [graphic].
  • PublicationLondon : Pub. by T. Tegg, Jany. 21, 1809.

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Acquired July 2016


Indian female of the Arrowauka Nation


A young Arawak native American woman, shown full-length and wearing a beaded apron and standing with her rigth foot posed on a small rock. She holds a parrot held high in her right hand and a bow and arrow in her left. On the left in the distance another Arawak is shown ready to shoot his his arrow.

  • Printmaker: Benedetti, Michele, 1745-1810, printmaker.
  • TitleIndian female of the Arrowauka Nation [graphic] / Benedetti sculp.
  • PublishedLondon : Published Decr. 1st, 1792, by J. Johnson, St. Paul’s Church Yard, [1 December 1792]

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Acquired April 2014