Canoe Race Near Sault Ste. Marie

Media - 1985.66.434 - SAAM-1985.66.434_1 - 81538
Copied George Catlin, Canoe Race Near Sault Ste. Marie, 1836-1837, oil on canvas, 19 5827 12 in. (49.770.0 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.434
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Artwork Details

Canoe Race Near Sault Ste. Marie
Not on view
19 5827 12 in. (49.770.0 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Group
  • Landscape — river
  • Western
  • Recreation — sport and play — boating
  • Travel — water — canoe
  • Indian — Ojibwa
  • Landscape — Michigan — Sault Ste. Marie
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Artwork Description

“. . . 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)