George Catlin, Beggar's Dance, Mouth of Teton River, 1835-1837, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.443
“This spirited dance was given, not by a set of beggars . . . but by the first and most independent young men in the tribe, beautifully dressed, (i.e., not dressed at all, except with their breech clouts or kelts, made of eagles' and ravens' quills) with their lances, and pipes, and rattles in their hands, and a medicine-man beating the drum, and joining in the song at the highest key of his voice.
Beggar's Dance, Mouth of Teton River
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19 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (49.5 x 70.0 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
- Ceremony – dance – Beggar's Dance
- Landscape – river – Teton River
- Ethnic – Indian – Dakota
- Ceremony – Indian
- Figure group – male
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