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Tcha-dés-sa-ko-máh-pee, Bear's Child

1832 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.157 Not currently on view

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The proud stance of this man holding a war club exemplifies George Catlin’s statement that the Blackfeet are “undoubtedly the finest looking, best equipped, and most beautifully costumed of any on the Continent.”


Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Blackfoot

Object - weapon - club

Portrait male - Bear's Child - waist length


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added