Sioux Indians on Snowshoes Lancing Buffalo

  • George Catlin, Sioux Indians on Snowshoes Lancing Buffalo, 1846-1848, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.565

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“In the dead of the winters, which are very long and severely cold in this country, where horses cannot be brought into the chase with any avail, the Indian runs upon the surface of the snow by the aid of his snow shoes, which buoy him up, while the great weight of the buffaloes, sinks them down to the middle of their sides, and completely stopping their progress, ensures them certain and easy victims to the bow or lance of their pursuers.” George Catlin painted this image in Paris between 1846 and 1848. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 31, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Sioux Indians on Snowshoes Lancing Buffalo
Artist
Date
1846-1848
On View
Dimensions
20 1/8 x 27 3/8 in. (51.0 x 69.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – male
  • Animal – buffalo
  • Ethnic – Indian – Sioux
  • Occupation – hunter
  • Landscape – season – winter
Object Number
1985.66.565
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