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Image from web page 298 of “Annual report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution” (1846)
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Identifier: annualreportofbo1888smiths
Title: Annual report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution
Year: 1846 (1840s)
Authors: Smithsonian Institution. Board of Regents United States National Museum. Report of the U.S. National Museum Smithsonian Institution. Report of the Secretary
Subjects: Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Institution. Archives Discoveries in science
Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Institution

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ney Eound the World, p. 204, Vol. i. (1841). X Vancouver, Voyages, Vol. ii, p. 408, states that the copper or brass corrodesthe lacerated parts, and by consuming the flesh progressively iricrenses the orifice untilit is .sufficiently massive to admit tl&gte wooden appendagf. 256 EXPLANATION OF PLATE IV. Chief Kitkun, of the Haida Village of Las Keek, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia. From a photograph in the U. S. National Musejm. Kitkun is here chosen as a sort of the Haida Indian. The rank which he heldin 1873 was that of a petty chief of the village, his brother, Chief Klue, becoming thehead chief. On the death of his brother, Kitkun became head chief of the village,assuming the hereditary title. Chief Klue. The tattoo mark on the breast repre-sents Kaliatla, the cod-fish, and that on his arms Cheena, the salmon. The designon liis back is shown in Fig. 2, Plate V, and represents Wasko, a mythologicalbeing of the wolf species. Report of National Museum, 1888.—Niblack. Plate IV.

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Chief Kitkun, of the Haida Village of Las Keek, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia. EXPLANATION OF PLATE V.

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Image from page 225 of “The Australian abroad on branches from the primary routes round the planet” (1885)
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Title: The Australian abroad on branches from the major routes round the planet
Year: 1885 (1880s)
Authors: Hingston, James, b. 1830
Subjects: Australia — Description and travel East Asia — Description and travel New Zealand — Description and travel Middle East — Description and travel
Publisher: Melbourne, W. Inglis

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tist has a fine field just before him. A prominent nose, like to Wellingtons 2o6 The Main Routes Round the Globe. or Artemus Wards, can be properly decorated on both sides — a broad onecan be only so accomplished down the bridge of it. A Walter Scott forehead canhave wonders accomplished upon its surface, and a chin like to a hand of pork, or liketo the first Napoleons, can be improved upon to any extent. Whether or not cheekswill look ideal with curved lines or straight ones, and which way the curvesshall go, is all matter of art, higher art. A face may be painted in designs adozen instances before that which is to stand for all time—the owners time—isdetermined upon. If the subject, or patient, be of any standing or con-sequence, the opinion of his relatives and friends is typically sought by the artist.He is sent house to them with the painted face that they might approve thedesign. The photographer of the present day adopts this concept when he sendsus the 1st proof of his adverse. Take it, he says, and ask your buddies

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ARTISTIC TATTOOING (two). opinion of it. When the design has been lastly authorized of, then troublebegins. With points and edges of sharp sea-shells the victim of vanity is discomfort-fully excoriated, and a blue colouring matter, got largely from a shell-fish, isintroduced into his wounds. A small of this operate goes a long way at a time,and the skin is left to heal up. To do a whole face will take from 3 tosix months, and actually fantastic works some of these tattooed heads look. Inmost European museums one of them will be found. A excellent trade was carriedon in tattooed Maori heads a lot of years ago, until Governor Grey stopped it,and seized a sackful of heads that had been placed on shipboard for exporta-tion. Such exports fetched good rates, and, as the Maories have the Egyptianembalming secret of preserving them in excellent condition, a profitablebusiness to them seemed as a result to have been suddenly crushed. Such inter- Aji Artistic Procedure. 207 ference with free of charge trade was the much more to be deplored

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