"He Began His Mystic Dances"
This is an original 1910 color print of an illustration by Maria Louise Kirk (1860-1938) that portrays Pau-puk-keewis dancing during the wedding feast of Onondaga or Mohawk Indian leader Hiawatha, (Ayenwatha, Aiionwatha, Haien'wa'tha), and his Dakotah bride, Minnehaha ("Laughing Waters"), according to the epic poem entitled, "The Song of Hiawatha" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882).
This 103+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. Light creasing. Some light surface rub.
Period Paper is pleased to present a portfolio of color prints by illustrator Maria Louise Kirk (1860-1938) that portray scenes from the epic poem entitled, "The Song of Hiawatha" by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882). To continue appreciating the culture and tradition of Native American folklore, simply click on the link provided beneath the condition paragraph. Enjoy!
This piece was illustrated by Kirk, Maria Louise. Artist signature in print - bottom left of image.
Keywords specific to this image: Native American, Iroquois Confederacy, Five Nations Peoples, Mythology, Folklore, Marriage