Indian Piercing Ritual

Indian Piercing Ritual

Indian Chest Piercing Sun Dance Ritual

Here for your perusal is an original photograph of an Indian Ceremony in which a man is suspended by leather straps attached to sticks in his chest. It was created in 1908 by Edward S. Curtis.

The photograph illustrates a Crow man, leaning back slightly, with strips of leather attached to his chest by sticks pierced through his breast. He is tethered to a pole that is secured by rocks. This is all part of the piercing ritual of the sun dance.

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