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Medicine Buffalo of the Sioux

1837-1839 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.485 Not currently on view

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George Catlin described this magical image as “the figure of a buffalo cut out of the turf on the prairie, and visited by the Indians going on a buffalo-hunt.” (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)


Ceremony - Indian - Medicine Ceremony

Ethnic - Indian - Dakota

Ethnic - Indian - Sioux

Figure group - male



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added