Beggar's Dance, Mouth of Teton River

  • 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

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“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.

Title
Beggar's Dance, Mouth of Teton River
Artists
Date
1835-1837
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
19 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (49.5 x 70.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Ceremony – dance – Beggar's Dance
  • Landscape – river – Teton River
  • Ethnic – Indian – Dakota
  • Ceremony – Indian
  • Figure group – male
Object Number
1985.66.443
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