Medicine Man/Doctor, Surinam, 1770s


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This record was last updated on 08 Mar 2011

Image Reference
NW0267

Source
John Gabriel Stedman, Narrative, of a Five Years' Expedition, against the revolted Negroes of Surinam . . . from the year 1772, to 1777 (London, 1796), vol. 2, facing p. 348. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
"The Celebrated Graman Quacy" in full regalia. Graman (meaning "great man") Quacy was widely respected by slaves because of his magical powers and ability to cure illness and provide protective amulets (see Stedman, pp. 346-347). This and other engravings are found in the autobiographical narrative of Stedman, a young Dutchman who joined a military force against rebellions of the enslaved in the Dutch colony. The engravings are based on Stedman’s own drawings and were done by professional engravers. For the definitive modern edition of the original 1790 Stedman manuscript, which includes this and other illustrations see Richard and Sally Price, eds. Narrative of a five years expedition against the revolted Negroes of Surinam (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988).