Canoe Race Near Sault Ste. Marie

  • George Catlin, Canoe Race Near Sault Ste. Marie, 1836-1837, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.434

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“. . . one of their favourite amusements at this place, which I was lucky enough to witness a few miles below the Sault, when high bettings had been made, and a great concourse of Indians had assembled to witness an Indian regatta; or canoe race, which went off with great excitement, firing of guns, yelping, &c. The Indians in this vicinity are all Chippeways, and their canoes all made of birch bark, and chiefly of one model; they are exceedingly light, as I have before described, and propelled with wonderful velocity.” George Catlin sketched this scene during a journey to the Pipestone Quarry (in present-day Minnesota) in 1836. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 54, 1841; reprint 1973)

Canoe Race Near Sault Ste. Marie
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19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

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oil on canvas
  • Western
  • Landscape – river
  • Ethnic – Indian – Ojibwa
  • Landscape – Michigan – Sault Ste. Marie
  • Recreation – sport and play – boating
  • Travel – water – canoe
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