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Buffalo Hunt, Surround | Print | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Buffalo Hunt, Surround

Buffalo Hunt, Surround | Print | Wisconsin Historical Society
Indians on horseback hunting buffaloes (Plate 9).<p>"Some sixty or seventy young men, all mounted on their wild horses, and armed with bows and lances only, cautiously encompassed the grazing herd, by drawing themselves around them in a circle of a mile or two in diameter, and gradually closing in towards the centre, until the herd took the alarm, and in a mass, endeavoring to make their escape, were met by the gathering horsemen, brandishing their weapons and yelling in the most frightful manner, turning the black and rushing mass which moved off in an opposite direction, where they were again met and foiled in a similar manner, and wheeled back in utter confusion. Thus, this grand hunt was soon turned into a desperate battle; which in the space of fifteen minutes ended in the total destruction of the herd, undoubtedly containing some two or three hundred; all of which met their deaths from the blades of arrows and lances, without the firing of a gun."</p>
DESCRIPTION
Indians on horseback hunting buffaloes (Plate 9).

"Some sixty or seventy young men, all mounted on their wild horses, and armed with bows and lances only, cautiously encompassed the grazing herd, by drawing themselves around them in a circle of a mile or two in diameter, and gradually closing in towards the centre, until the herd took the alarm, and in a mass, endeavoring to make their escape, were met by the gathering horsemen, brandishing their weapons and yelling in the most frightful manner, turning the black and rushing mass which moved off in an opposite direction, where they were again met and foiled in a similar manner, and wheeled back in utter confusion. Thus, this grand hunt was soon turned into a desperate battle; which in the space of fifteen minutes ended in the total destruction of the herd, undoubtedly containing some two or three hundred; all of which met their deaths from the blades of arrows and lances, without the firing of a gun."

RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:23627
Creation Date: 1844
Creator Name:Catlin, George
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Collection Name:Rare Books
Genre:Print
Original Format Type:prints, fine-art
Original Format Number:E77 C399 1844
Original Dimensions:22 x 16 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Image source: Catlin, George. Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America. From Drawings and Notes of the Author, Made during Eight Years' Travel amongst Forty-Eight of the Wildest and Most Remote Tribes of Savages in North America. (London: Geo. Catlin, 1844). This image is also viewable in the American Journeys online edition of "Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio."
SUBJECTS
Buffaloes
Horses
Painting
Clothing and dress
Indians of North America
Landscape
Men
Horsemanship
Hunting
Weapons

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