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George Catlin
Dying Buffalo Bull in a Snowdrift
1837–39
oil
20 1/8 x 27 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.



Winter buffalo hunts provided the tribes with warm clothing from the buffalo's luxuriant winter coats and income from white traders. However, the hazards of hunting in ice and snow are obvious here, as both hunter and prey lie dying in the frigid landscape.