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Eagle Dance

1845-1848 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 26 1/8 x 32 5/8 in. (66.4 x 82.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.386,440 Not currently on view

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“THE CHOCTAWS. Of fifteen thousand, are another tribe, removed from the Northern parts of Alabama, and Mississippi, within the few years past, and now occupying a large and rich tract of country, South of the Arkansas and the Canadian rivers; adjoining to the country of the Creeks and the Cherokees, equally civilized, and living much in the same manner . . . The Eagle Dance, a very pretty scene, which is got up by their young men, in honour of that bird, for which they seem to have a religious regard.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 49, 1841; reprint 1973)


Architecture Exterior - domestic - teepee

Ceremony - dance - Eagle Dance

Ceremony - Indian

Ethnic - Indian - Iowa

Ethnic - Indian - Sauk and Fox

Ethnic - Indian - Sauk and Fox



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added