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Buffalo Dance (Mandan)

Buffalo Dance (Mandan)
Title
Buffalo Dance (Mandan)
Date 
1866-68
Medium 
Graphite and black ink on prepared card
Dimensions 
Overall: 18 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. ( 46.7 x 61.3 cm )
Description 
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: men dance and crouch while wearing buffalo heads and pelts, some with the tail, and carrying tomahawks, bows, spears and shields while a drummers plays on the side. Performed when the buffalo disappeared and tribe faced starvation, the dance was kept up day and night until buffalo were found near the village.
Credit Line 
Purchased by the Society
Object Number 
1872.23.162
Marks 
inscriptions: Signed
Inscriptions 
Signed at lower right inside image in black ink: "Geo. Catlin"; inscribed at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 162. / Buffalo Dance (Mandan)"
Gallery Label 
When buffalo dissapear and Mandans face starvation, the doctors order this dance to amke the buffalo come. It is kept up, night and day, until buffalo are discovered near the bridge
Provenance 
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