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Káw-kaw-ne-chóo-a, a Brave

1828 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 18 3/8 x 14 in. (46.7 x 35.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.210 Not currently on view

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George Catlin described this Brave, along with the Snake (see 1985.66.213), as “fair specimens of the [Winnebago] tribe, who are generally a rather short and thick-set, square shouldered set of men.” The artist probably painted the two portraits in Washington, D.C., in the autumn of 1828. (Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)


Ethnic - Indian - Winnebago

Portrait male - Kaw Kaw Ne Choo A


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added