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Chin-cha-pee, Fire Bug That Creeps, Wife of Pigeon's Egg Head

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. 1985.66.180 Not currently on view

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George Catlin painted Chin-cha-pee, wife of the Assiniboine warrior Pigeon’s Egg Head (see 1985.66.179), at Fort Union, in 1832. Catlin described the woman as “fine looking . . . in a handsome dress of the mountain-sheep skin, holding in her hand a stick curiously carved, with which every woman in this country is supplied; for the purpose of digging up the . . . prairie turnip.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 8, 1841; reprint 1973)


Ethnic - Indian - Assiniboin

Portrait female - Fire Bug That Creeps


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added