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Ojibwe Spearing Salmon by Torchlight

1846-1848 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 19 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (49.6 x 69.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.575 Not currently on view

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“I mentioned that the Chippeways [Ojibwe/Chippewa] living in the vicinity of the Sault, live entirely on fish; and it is almost literally true also, that the French and English, and Americans, who reside about there live on fish, which are caught in the greatest abundance in the rapids at that place, and are, perhaps, one of the greatest luxuries of the world.” George Catlin painted this work in Paris between 1846 and 1848. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 54, 1841; reprint 1973)


Ethnic - Indian - Ojibwa

Figure group - male

Landscape - river

Landscape - time - night

Recreation - sport and play - fishing



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added