George Catlin, Ball-play of the Choctaw--Ball Up, 1846-1850, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.428A
In 1834, George Catlin witnessed Choctaw lacrosse in Indian Territory near present-day Oklahoma, and was captivated by the game. He described ball-play as “a school for the painter or sculptor, equal to any of those which ever inspired the hand of the artist in the Olympian games or the Roman forum.” Lacrosse, which involved a no-holds-barred struggle for the ball, was a physical, even violent, game called “little brother of war” in Choctaw.
Ball-play of the Choctaw--Ball Up
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25 3/4 x 32 in. (65.4 x 81.4 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
- Mediums Description
- oil on canvas
- Architecture Exterior – domestic – teepee
- Figure group
- Ethnic – Indian – Choctaw
- Recreation – sport and play – ball
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