Scalp Dance, Mouth of the Teton River

  • George Catlin, Scalp Dance, Mouth of the Teton River, 1835-1837, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.438

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“The Scalp-dance is given as a celebration of a victory; and amongst this tribe [Western Sioux/Lakota], as I learned whilst residing with them, danced in the night, by the light of their torches, and just before retiring to bed. When a war party returns from a war excursion, bringing home with them the scalps of their enemies, they generally ‘dance them’ for fifteen nights in succession, vaunting forth the most extravagant boasts of their wonderful prowess in war, whilst they brandish their war weapons in their hands.

Title
Scalp Dance, Mouth of the Teton River
Artists
Date
1835-1837
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
20 x 27 3/8 in. (50.9 x 69.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Western
  • Ethnic – Indian – Sioux
  • Ceremony – Indian
Object Number
1985.66.438
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