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Assiniboine Indians Running a Buffalo

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Assiniboine Indians Running a Buffalo

Artist: Paul Kane (Canadian, 1810 - 1871)

Date: c. 1850
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
18 x 29 inches (45.7 x 73.7 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 1982
Object number: 31.78.231
Accession Number: 1982.106
Label Text:In September of 1846, Paul Kane stayed at Fort Edmonton during his cross-continental journey. He wrote, "One day, whilst wandering some distance to the south of the fort, I saw two Assiniboine Indians hunting buffaloes. One was armed with a spear . . . the other with a bow formed of ash, with the sinews of a buffalo gummed to the back of it. These they use with great dexterity and force; I have known an instance of the arrows passing through the body of the animal, and sticking in the ground at the opposite side." Kane, "Wanderings," Chapter X
Provenance: Unknown. Richard A.N. Bonnycastle, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; purchased August 30, 1982 by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Western Classics: Highlights from the Collection
  • Paul Kane: Intrepid Artist and Adventurer