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Wá-nah-de-túnk-ah, Big Eagle (or Black Dog), Chief of the O-hah-kas-ka-toh-y-an-te Band

1835 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. 1985.66.70 Not currently on view


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“I am now in the heart of the country belonging to the numerous tribe of Sioux or Dahcotas, and have Indian faces and Indian customs in abundance around me. This tribe is one of the most numerous in North America, and also one of the most vigorous and warlike tribes to be found, numbering some forty or fifty thousand, and able undoubtedly to muster, if the tribe could be moved simultaneously, at least eight or ten thousand warriors, well mounted and well armed. This tribe take vast numbers of the wild horses on the plains towards the Rocky Mountains, and many of them have been supplied with guns; but the greater part of them hunt with their bows and arrows and long lances, killing their game from their horses' backs while at full speed.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 26, 1841; reprint 1973)

Keywords

Ethnic - Indian - Dakota

Ethnic - Indian - Sioux

Portrait male - Big Eagle

Portrait male - Black Dog

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added