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Dying Buffalo Bull, in Snow Drift | Print | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Dying Buffalo Bull, in Snow Drift

Dying Buffalo Bull, in Snow Drift | Print | Wisconsin Historical Society
Indians on snowshoes hunting buffaloes trapped in snow (Plate 17).<p>"In this view the reader is introduced to the optimum of dreariness and severity which the hunters of the northern prairies have to contend with in the depths of winter. An intensely cold day, and dry and sand-like snow three or four feet in depth, drifting before the wind, and a herd of buffaloes laboring to plough their way through it, whilst they are urged on by a party of Indians on snowshoes, deeply clad in furs, and dealing death to them with their spears. The dying bull in the foreground of this picture, and that in the preceding plate, were carefully sketched by my own hand whilst the animals were thus struggling with death; and I therefore confidently offer them as faithful delineations of their forms and looks, as well as fit and impressive subjects for contemplation for those who may ever have the time, and feel disposed to sympathize with the cruel destruction and extinction of this useful and noble animal."</p>
DESCRIPTION
Indians on snowshoes hunting buffaloes trapped in snow (Plate 17).

"In this view the reader is introduced to the optimum of dreariness and severity which the hunters of the northern prairies have to contend with in the depths of winter. An intensely cold day, and dry and sand-like snow three or four feet in depth, drifting before the wind, and a herd of buffaloes laboring to plough their way through it, whilst they are urged on by a party of Indians on snowshoes, deeply clad in furs, and dealing death to them with their spears. The dying bull in the foreground of this picture, and that in the preceding plate, were carefully sketched by my own hand whilst the animals were thus struggling with death; and I therefore confidently offer them as faithful delineations of their forms and looks, as well as fit and impressive subjects for contemplation for those who may ever have the time, and feel disposed to sympathize with the cruel destruction and extinction of this useful and noble animal."

RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:23635
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
Clothing and dress
Indians of North America
Landforms
Men
Hunting
Weapons
Snow

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