Hidatsa Village, Earth-covered Lodges, on the Knife River, 1810 Miles above St. Louis

  • George Catlin, Hidatsa Village, Earth-covered Lodges, on the Knife River, 1810 Miles above St. Louis, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.383

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As George Catlin journeyed up the Missouri River, he wrote that the scenery was “quite peculiar and curious; rendered extremely so by the continual wild and garrulous groups of men, women, and children . . . dashing and plunging through its blue waves, enjoying the luxury of swimming, of which both sexes seem to be passionately fond.” In this image Catlin contrasted the stillness of those watching from the bluffs with the exuberance of the swimmers, one of whom plunges into the water as his comrades race to catch up with him, their arms comically waving in the air. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 23, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Hidatsa Village, Earth-covered Lodges, on the Knife River, 1810 Miles above St. Louis
Artist
Date
1832
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
11 1/4 x 14 3/8 in. (28.5 x 36.6 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
  • Landscape – river – Knife River
  • Ethnic – Indian – Hidatsa
  • Western
  • Figure group
Object Number
1985.66.383
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