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Jee-hé-o-hó-shah, Cannot Be Thrown Down, a Warrior

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. 1985.66.23 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 3A

Luce Center Label

“Amongst those tribes who thus shave and ornament their heads, the crest is uniformly blood-red; and the upper part of the head, and generally a considerable part of the face, as red as they can possibly make it with vermilion. I found these people cutting off the hair with small scissors, which they purchase of the Fur Traders; and they told me that previous to getting scissors, they cut it away with their knives; and before they got knives, they were in the habit of burning it off with red-hot stones, which was a very slow and painful operation.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 34, 1841; reprint 1973)


Ethnic - Indian - Kansas

Portrait male - Cannot Be Thrown Down


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added