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Ki-hó-go-waw-shú-shee, Brave Chief, Chief of the Tribe

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. 1985.66.113 Not currently on view


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“I have visited forty-eight different tribes, the greater part of which I found speaking different languages, and containing in all 400,000 souls. I have brought home safe, and in good order, 310 portraits in oil, all painted in their native dress, and in their own wigwams . . . as well as a very extensive and curious collection of their costumes, and all their other manufactures, from the size of a wigwam down to the size of a quill or a rattle.” George Catlin probably painted Brave Chief, an Omaha, at Fort Leavenworth (in today’s Kansas) in 1832. Brave Chief later sat to artist Charles Bird King (1785-1862) in Washington. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 1, 1841, reprint 1973; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Keywords

Ethnic - Indian - Omaha

Portrait male - Brave Chief

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added