Making Arrowheads (Apachees)
Graphite and black ink on prepared card
Overall: 18 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. ( 46.7 x 61.3 cm )
Signed at lower right inside image in black ink: "Geo. Catlin"; inscribed at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 193. / Making Arrowheads. (Apachees)"
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: men sit in a hut outside a wigwam: one breaks boulders with a stone hammer, a second chips large flint flakes while a third fashions the finished arrowhead in his palm, using a pointed stone stylus to chip the serrated edges; women and children gather in the background and all sing a repetative chant in rhythm to the stone work
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
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