Eagle Dance

  • George Catlin, Eagle Dance, 1845-1848, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.386,440

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“THE CHOCTAWS. Of fifteen thousand, are another tribe, removed from the Northern parts of Alabama, and Mississippi, within the few years past, and now occupying a large and rich tract of country, South of the Arkansas and the Canadian rivers; adjoining to the country of the Creeks and the Cherokees, equally civilized, and living much in the same manner . . . The Eagle Dance, a very pretty scene, which is got up by their young men, in honour of that bird, for which they seem to have a religious regard.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 49, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Eagle Dance
Artist
Date
1845-1848
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
26 1/8 x 32 5/8 in. (66.4 x 82.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – teepee
  • Ceremony – dance – Eagle Dance
  • Ceremony – Indian
  • Ethnic – Indian – Iowa
  • Ethnic – Indian – Sauk and Fox
  • Western
Object Number
1985.66.386,440
Palette
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