Ball-play of the Choctaw–Ball Up

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.

Title
Ball-play of the Choctaw–Ball Up
Artist
Date
1846-1850
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
25 3432 in. (65.481.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – teepee
  • Ethnic – Indian – Choctaw
Object Number
1985.66.428A
Palette
Linked Open Data
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