"Medicine Man, Van Couvers Island," (Portrait of Culchillum, son of Saw-se-a), Cowichan (Central Coast Salish) - ROM2009_11209_68

ROM2009_11209_68

"Medicine Man, Van Couvers Island," (Portrait of Culchillum, son of Saw-se-a), Cowichan (Central Coast Salish)

Maker: Paul Kane (1810 Mallow, Ireland–1871 Toronto, Canada)
Medium:Oil on canvas
Geography: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Date: 1849-1856
Dimensions:
76.7 x 64.2 cm
Object number: 912.1.95
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Edmund Osler
Not on view
Description"I also took a sketch of his son, No. 11, Culchillum. He had a medicine cap on, to which he attached great importance. It was made of human hair, taken from the heads of persons killed in battle, and ornamented with feathers. This, he told me, he only wore on great occasions, such as his present visit to the Clal-lums. On my expressing a wish to purchase it, he told me that he valued it too highly to part with it; nor would he allow me to take it to my tent to finish this sketch without himself accompanying it, for fear it might be deprived of some of its magical properties." (Paul Kane, "Wanderings of an Artist," 1859:221–222)
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