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Buffalo Dance (Mandan)

Object Number: 
1872.23.162
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 )
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)"
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.
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
Credit Line: 
Purchased by the Society
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