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Ball Play Dance (Choctaw)

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Graphite and black ink on prepared card
Overall: 18 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. ( 46.7 x 61.3 cm )
inscriptions: Signed
Signed at lower right inside image in black ink: "Geo. Catlin"; inscribed at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 164. / Ball Play Dance (Choctaw)"
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: this dance was performed through the night before the Choctaw Ball-Play game was played, see 1872.23.165 Men with LaCrosse- like rackets dance in lines while a row of women carrying sticks or bats watch; drummers play on the side.
Gallery Label: 
This dance is performed throughout the night previous to the day of ball-play by the young men who are to play
Credit Line: 
Purchased by the Society
The artist's collection; Francis Putnam Catlin, the artist's brother, serving as agent to George Henry Moore, acting on behalf of N-YHS
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group