Engraved woodblock of the "Dance of the Nahikai"

Description
This engraved woodblock of the “Dance of the Nahikai” was prepared by the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.; the image was published as Plate XII (p.438) in an article by Dr. Washington Matthews (1843-1905) entitled “The Mountain Chant: a Navajo ceremony” in the Fifth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1883-84. The illustration was engraved by Henry Hobart Nichols (1838-1887).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
block
Object Type
Wood Engraving
date made
1887
publisher
Bureau of American Ethnology
printer
Government Printing Office
graphic artist
Nichols, H. H.
author
Matthews, Washington
block maker
A. P. J. & Co.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 12 cm x 20 cm x 2.3 cm; 4 3/4 in x 7 7/8 in x 7/8 in
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Associated Place
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
1980.0219.1539
accession number
1980.0219
catalog number
1980.0219.1539
subject
Native Americans
Cultures & Communities
Communications
Religion
Science & Mathematics
Wood Blocks for early Bureau of American Ethnology Publications, Graphic Arts Collection
Wood Engravings, Graphic Arts Collection
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Wood Blocks for early Bureau of American Ethnology Publications, Graphic Arts Collection
Wood Engravings, Graphic Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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