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Sioux Indians on Snowshoes Lancing Buffalo

1846-1848 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 20 1/8 x 27 3/8 in. (51.0 x 69.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.565 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 2B

Luce Center Label

“In the dead of the winters, which are very long and severely cold in this country, where horses cannot be brought into the chase with any avail, the Indian runs upon the surface of the snow by the aid of his snow shoes, which buoy him up, while the great weight of the buffaloes, sinks them down to the middle of their sides, and completely stopping their progress, ensures them certain and easy victims to the bow or lance of their pursuers.” George Catlin painted this image in Paris between 1846 and 1848. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 31, 1841; reprint 1973)


Animal - buffalo

Ethnic - Indian - Sioux

Figure group - male

Landscape - season - winter

Occupation - hunter


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added