Tobacco smoking among the Cuna Indians of Panama, observed by Lionel Wafer John Savage

Tobacco smoking among the Cuna Indians of Panama, observed by Lionel Wafer by John Savage

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Tobacco smoking among the Cuna Indians of Panama, observed by Lionel Wafer

Interior view of a native American house with a Council of eight men being brought tobacco by a boy. Bows, quivers of arrows and feather head-dresses hang from the wall. To the left as viewed, an exterior landscape includes hammocks hung from palm trees. Inscribed below "The Indians in their Robes in Councel, and Smoaking tobacco after their way. Damp,.Voy.Vol.3 Place this P.327." Engraved by John Savage (active 1680-1700). Plate facing p.327 of: A new voyage and description of the Isthmus of America. Giving and account of the Author's abode there...by Lionel Wafer; within volume 3 of A collection of voyages..., by William Dampier et.al., 4 volumes, (London, James and John Knapton, 1729). Copy belonging to Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), President of the Royal Society. Lionel Wafer (d.1705), Welsh surgeon and buccaneer, lived among the Cuna Indians of the Isthmus of Darien [Panama] in 1681, having been injured while on an expedition with William Dampier (1651-1715).

Original: copperplate engraving. 1729

  • Image reference: RS-9597

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