Buffalo Chase in Snowdrifts, Indians Pursuing on Snowshoes

  • George Catlin, Buffalo Chase in Snowdrifts, Indians Pursuing on Snowshoes, 1832-1833, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.417

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“In the dead of the winters, which are very long and severely cold in this country, where horses cannot be brought into the chase with any avail, the Indian runs upon the surface of the snow by the aid of his snow shoes, which buoy him up, while the great weight of the buffaloes, sinks them down to the middle of their sides, and completely stopping their progress, ensures them certain and easy victims to the bow or lance of their pursuers . . .

Title
Buffalo Chase in Snowdrifts, Indians Pursuing on Snowshoes
Artists
Date
1832-1833
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
24 x 29 1/8 in. (61.0 x 74.1 cm) irregular
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – buffalo
  • Occupation – hunter
  • Landscape – season – winter
  • Ethnic – Indian
  • Figure group – male
  • Western
Object Number
1985.66.417
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