38 3/4 x 28 1/2 in. (98.4 x 72.4 cm)
Framed: 49 5/8 x 39 5/8 in. (126 x 100.6 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
By the time Seth Eastman completed this painting, skin dressing was a dying art. Traditionally done by woman, preparing skins for use in clothing and shelters by hand was a multi-step, labor intensive process. This work is part of a nine-painting commission for the House Committee on Indian Affairs. These genre scenes include several of traditional domestic labor, set in sweeping descriptive landscapes, as seen in this work.