Wichita Lodge, Thatched with Prairie Grass

  • George Catlin, Wichita Lodge, Thatched with Prairie Grass, 1834-1835, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.492

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George Catlin carefullt noted the communities he found while accompanying a military expedition into Indian Territory in today’s Oklahoma. “We found here a very numerous village, containing some five or six hundred wigwams, all made of long prairie grass, thatched over poles which are fastened in the ground and bent in at the top.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 43, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Wichita Lodge, Thatched with Prairie Grass
Artist
Date
1834-1835
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
24 x 29 in. (60.9 x 73.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Ethnic – Indian
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – hut
Object Number
1985.66.492
Palette
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