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Slave's Dance (Saukie)

Object Number: 
1872.23.150
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. 150. / Slave's Dance (Saukie)"
Description: 
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: a group of sixteen men with 'mohawk-style' shaved heads, body paint and ornately decorated pierced ear modifications dance carrying spears, pipes and tomahawks while other drum and shake bell-like instruments; the Society of Slaves was a Saukie institution composed of young men from the best families who volunteered to serve as slaves to the chief for a certain period of time, possibly receiving special status from the service
Gallery Label: 
The Society of Slaves in the Sauk tribe is composed of eight or ten young men of the best families, who volunteer to be slaves to the chief for a certain number of years
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