Bear Dance, Preparing for a Bear Hunt

  • George Catlin, Bear Dance, Preparing for a Bear Hunt, 1835-1837, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.447

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“The Sioux, like all the others of these western tribes, are fond of bear's meat, and must have good stores of the ‘bear's-grease’ laid in, to oil their long and glossy locks, as well as the surface of their bodies.

Title
Bear Dance, Preparing for a Bear Hunt
Artists
Date
1835-1837
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – male
  • Ceremony – Indian
  • Ceremony – dance – Bear Dance
  • Ethnic – Indian – Sioux
  • Ethnic – Indian – Dakota
  • Occupation – hunter
Object Number
1985.66.447
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