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Ish-a-ró-yeh, He Who Carries a Wolf, a Distinguished Brave

1834 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. 1985.66.48 Not currently on view

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George Catlin painted He Who Carries a Wolf at the Comanche village in 1834. Ish-a-ró-yeh was a man of some standing in the tribe who, Catlin later wrote, “piloted the dragoons to the Camanchee village, and received a handsome rifle from Colonel Dodge for so doing.” He was named “from the circumstance of his carrying a medicine-bag made of the skin of a wolf; he holds a whip in his hand.” (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)


Ethnic - Indian - Comanche

Portrait male - He Who Carries A Wolf


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added