Háw-che-ke-súg-ga, He Who Kills the Osages, Chief of the Tribe
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.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing
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George Catlin described He Who Kills the Osages as “an old man” wearing a “necklace of grisly bears’ claws, and a handsome carved pipe in his hand.” The name of Kills the Osages is redolent of the history of his tribe as well as his own battle achievements. A century before Catlin’s arrival in the West, the Missouria controlled the fur trade on the river that bears their name; their dominance, however, was under constant assault from the Osages, who eventually won. By the time Catlin met this elderly war chief, the Missouria, much reduced in power and number, had joined with the Otoes. Catlin probably painted this image at Fort Leavenworth (in today’s Kansas) in 1832. (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition; Gurney and Heyman, eds., George Catlin and His Indian Gallery, 2002)
Dress - ethnic - Indian dress
Ethnic - Indian - Missouri
Portrait male - He Who Kills The Osages - bust
Recreation - leisure - smoking
paint - oil
fabric - canvas
metal - aluminum - support added
About George Catlin
Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872
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