"Running Buffalo," Assiniboin - ROM2009_11209_28


"Running Buffalo," Assiniboin

Maker: Paul Kane (1810 Mallow, Ireland–1871 Toronto, Canada)
Medium:Oil on canvas
Geography: Fort Edmonton region, North Saskatchewan River, Alberta, Canada
Date: 1849-1856
45.4 x 74.2 cm
Object number: 912.1.46
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Edmund Osler
Not on view
Description"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, formed of an ashpole about ten feet long, ornamented with tufts of hair, and having an iron head, which is procured from the trading posts; 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." (Paul Kane, "Wanderings of an Artist," 1859:140–141)
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