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Kee-món-saw, Little Chief, a Chief

1830 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. 1985.66.246 Not currently on view


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George Catlin described Little Chief, a chief of the Kaskaskia/Miami, as “half-civilized, and, I should think, half-breed . . . This young man is chief of the tribe; and I was told by one of the Traders, that his mother and his son, were his only subjects.” Catlin probably painted this portrait at Fort Leavenworth (in today’s Kansas) in 1830. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 47, 1841; reprint 1973)

Keywords

Ethnic - Indian - Kaskaskia

Portrait male - Little Chief

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added