GERALD LAZARE AND LEWIS PARKER
A label on the reverse of this artwork explains, “This scene illustrates a description in the Jesuit Relations (JR 13:259-263).
It tells of how in a typical ceremony a sick man’s malaise was cured by the fulfillment of a desire expressed in a dream.
The sick man dreamt that hunchbacks wearing wooden masks and carrying sticks cured him.
For two days the villagers made preparations, and disguised dancers re-enacted the dream in the sick man’s presence.”