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Tcha-aés-ka-ding, Grandson of Buffalo Bull's Back Fat

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. 1985.66.159 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 3A

Luce Center Label

This plump six-year-old was directly in line to become chief of the Blackfoot. Twice kidnapped by Crow, he lived at Fort Union under the protection of its chief trader Kenneth Mackenzie, who planned to keep him until “he shall arrive at the proper age to take up the office which he is to succeed.”


Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Blackfoot

Object - weapon - bow and arrow

Portrait male - Buffalo Bull's Back Fat, Grandson of - full length


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added