Sac and Fox Sailing in Canoes

I was often amused at their freaks in their canoes, whilst travelling; and I was induced to make a sketch of one which I frequently witnessed, that of sailing with the aid of their blankets, which the men carry; and when the wind is fair, stand in the bow of the canoe and hold by two corners, with the other two under the foot or tied to the leg; while the women sit in the other end of the canoe, and steer it with their paddles.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 56, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Sac and Fox Sailing in Canoes
Artist
Date
1837-1839
Location
Dimensions
19 1227 58 in. (49.670.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Travel – water – canoe
  • Western
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – teepee
  • Figure group
Object Number
1985.66.479
Palette
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