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Engraved woodblock of the "Dance of the Nahikai"

Engraved woodblock of the "Dance of the Nahikai"

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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).
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Object Name
Object Type
Wood Engraving
date made
Bureau of American Ethnology
Government Printing Office
graphic artist
Nichols, H. H.
Matthews, Washington
block maker
A. P. J. & Co.
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Associated Place
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
overall: 12 cm x 20 cm x 2.3 cm; 4 3/4 in x 7 7/8 in x 7/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Native Americans
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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
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