Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Joseph Henry Sharp Preparing for the Medicine Sweat (c.1922)
Courtesy: Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Preparing for the Medicine Sweat
Gift in memory of Charles Dean Cook . In a letter describing a similar painting, Sharp told of the ritual surrounding the sweat tipi. He wrote that the men “carry the hot stones in little teepees, close entrance & men strip, pour water on hot stones & have regular steam bath–then go out & jump in river or rub snow on! It is for ceremonial for cleanliness, also to help conquer col(d)s etc.”
| LR: J H SHARP | Restriction: Not to be sold or traded. | 5.74.JPG | 5.74.jpg | 5.74.web.jpg | Crow Reservation | tipi | Sweat lodge | Crow | Indian | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953) Preparing for the Medicine Sweat ca.1922, oil on canvas Gift in memory of Charles Dean Cook Fascinated by Plains Indian traditions, Sharp painted a sweat tipi ritual. He wrote how men “…carry the hot stones in little teepees…pour water on hot stones & have regular steam bath–then go out & jump in river or rub snow on!” The sweats were for cleanliness, to remedy colds, and other purposes. 5.74 | Joseph Henry Sharp (1859–1953) Preparing for the Medicine Sweat ca. 1922, oil on canvas Gift in memory of Charles Dean Cook When he lived on the Crow Agency, Sharp observed small, dome-shaped sweat lodges. Sharp described, “A fire was built in the sweat lodge and large stones were heated. Water was poured over them to produce steam and a ‘sweat’ bath followed. When finished, the Indians ran out for a plunge in a nearby stream.” 5.74 | Sharp, Joseph Henry
This piece of art Forrest Fenn knows very well and it does have a very deep meaning. I am sure you will eventually understand once you study the painting. This is a very special journey I believe he took because he is more spiritual than most as he said.
The art of dichotomy and the presence of mind and body become one but in many forms.
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