An Osage Indian Lancing a Buffalo (Q20486991)

Label from: English (en)

artist: George Catlin (Q455133)
collection: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
location: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
country of origin: United States of America (Q30)
material used: oil paint (Q296955) canvas (Q4259259)
depicts: American bison (Q82728) Indigenous peoples of the United States (Q49297) hunting (Q36963) landscape (Q107425)
instance of: painting (Q3305213)
Smithsonian American Art Museum ID: 4302

information from the Smithsonian American Art Museum catalog

description: George Catlin enjoyed and documented buffalo hunts with various tribes, describing methods such as the exhilarating but dangerous chase on horseback, the surround, and the ambush, in which hunters crept among the unsuspecting herds disguised under the skin of a white wolf for a close and easy shot. During the 1830s, many Indians still used the ambush, but the acquisition of the horse centuries before had transformed their hunting methods. The tribes could now hunt with less danger to themselves as well as greater hope of success.
keywords Ethnic – Indian – Osage Figure male – full length Occupation – hunter Animal – buffalo Western

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