Larger Type
Smaller Type

Search Collections

Pash-ee-pa-hó, Little Stabbing Chief, a Venerable Sauk Chief

1835 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. 1985.66.11 Not currently on view

Luce Center Label

Pash-ee-pa-ho (the little stabbing chief), a very old man, holding his shield, staff and pipe in his hands; has long been the head civil chief of this tribe; but, as is generally the case in very old age, he has resigned the office to those who are younger and better qualified to do the duties of it.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 56, 1841; reprint 1973)


Dress - accessory - shield

Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Sauk and Fox

Ethnic - Indian - Sauk and Fox

Portrait male - Little Stabbing Chief

Portrait male - Little Stabbing Chief - full length

Recreation - leisure - smoking


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added