Braves' Dance at Fort Snelling

  • George Catlin, Braves' Dance at Fort Snelling, 1835-1837, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.445

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“[The Brave's Dance] is peculiarly beautiful, and exciting to the feelings in the highest degree . . . At intervals they stop, and one of them steps into the ring, and vociferates as loud as possible, with the most significant gesticulations, the feats of bravery which he has performed during his life---he boasts of the scalps he has taken---of the enemies he has vanquished, and at the same time carries his body through all the motions and gestures, which have been used during these scenes when they were transacted.

Title
Braves' Dance at Fort Snelling
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
  • Ethnic – Indian – Sioux
  • Ceremony – Indian
  • Western
Object Number
1985.66.445
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