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Plate 635: Agichide-Assiniboin

Plate 635: Agichide-Assiniboin


Edward S. Curtis

(American, 1868–1952)

Glass interpositive plate

Overall: 43.2 x 35.6 cm (17 x 14 in.)

Gift of Dr. Terence and Joyce Isakov 2022.298


Did you know?

Edward S. Curtis wrote that an Agichide was part of a group of special medicine men who maintained order in the tribe and from whom chiefs were chosen.


Contemporary scholars tracing the path to tribal leadership explain that when a male had been successful at war, he was deemed an Agichida, or warrior, and could be inducted into a warrior societies. The leaders of those societies, when they reached middle age, might be chosen as a Little Chief. The Little Chiefs, led by a single Chief, comprised the tribe’s leadership council.

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