Comanche Indians Chasing Buffalo

  • George Catlin, Comanche Indians Chasing Buffalo, 1846-1848, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.600

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“There are, by a fair calculation, more than 300,000 Indians, who are now subsisted on the flesh of the buffaloes, and by those animals supplied with all the luxuries of life which they desire, as they know of none others. The great variety of uses to which they convert the body and other parts of that animal, are almost incredible to the person who has not actually dwelt amongst these people, and closely studied their modes and customs. Every part of their flesh is converted into food, in one shape or another, and on it they entirely subsist.

Title
Comanche Indians Chasing Buffalo
Artists
Date
1846-1848
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
20 x 27 1/4 in. (50.8 x 69.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – buffalo
  • Animal – horse
  • Ethnic – Indian – Comanche
  • Occupation – hunter
  • Figure group – male
Object Number
1985.66.600
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