Ball-play of the Choctaw--Ball Down

  • George Catlin, Ball-play of the Choctaw--Ball Down, 1834-1835, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.429

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In Choctaw lacrosse, which George Catlin witnessed in 1834, each team was cheered on by friends, family, and fans who camped at the opposite ends of the field to watch the game and bet on its outcome. Catlin noted that women did much of the wagering, which involved “knives-dresses-blankets-pots and kettles-dogs and horses, and guns.”

Title
Ball-play of the Choctaw--Ball Down
Artist
Date
1834-1835
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
19 5/8 x 27 5/8 in. (49.7 x 70.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – male
  • Ethnic – Indian – Choctaw
  • Recreation – sport and play – ball
Object Number
1985.66.429
Palette
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