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George Catlin
Comanche Moving Camp, Dog Fight Enroute
1834–35
oil
19 5/8 x 27 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.



Even the village dogs must “pull their weight” when moving camp. Often, tempers flared and fights broke out among the dogs. Catlin witnessed many of these extraordinary scenes and took great delight in recording one in Comanche Moving Camp. He notes that in the melee the women came to “fisticuffs” while the men “riding leisurely on the right or left, take infinite pleasure in overlooking these desperate conflicts, at which they are sure to have a laugh…and never lift a hand.”